Soccer notes: Stuart Holden has torn ACL

Holden has torn ACL

Stuart Holden’s run of major injuries just won’t stop.

The U.S. national team midfielder tore his right ACL early in the Americans’ 1-0 victory over Panama in the Gold Cup final Sunday.

He will consult with the medical staffs of U.S. Soccer and of the Bolton Wanderers, his England-based club, to formulate a treatment plan.

“We are absolutely devastated for Stuart,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “He is such a great part of our team on the field and [in] the locker room. He worked tremendously hard to recover from previous injuries and had really come back into form.

“He was fully prepared to head back to Bolton and challenge for a starting spot. Now he will have our full support as he goes down this road again, and we will be with him every step of the way.”

Holden collided with Panama’s Alberto Quintero and took a knock on his left knee 18 minutes into the first half, but he grabbed his right knee after he hit the ground.

Trainers briefly worked with him on the field before he got up and walked to the sideline, where they continued to work on him. As Holden sat on the bench, his head buried in his hands, teammates patted him on the head and shoulders trying to console him.

He walked to the locker room a short time later, and visibly was limping when he rejoined his teammates for the victory ceremony.

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