Stuart Holden Injury: Updates on USMNT Midfielder's Knee
Team USA midfielder Stuart Holden was injured after just 20 minutes of the United States' clash with Panama in the 2013 Gold Cup final on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.
U.S. Soccer tweeted:
Holden is walking to the locker room now with the team doctor. Diskerud is on the field here in the 24th minute. #USAvPAN 0-0, 24'— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) July 28, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, July 29, by Tom Kinslow
Stuart Holden's professional club, Bolton, had a devastating update on the injury the midfielder sustained Sunday in the Gold Cup final.
Following a scan the club can announce that Stuart Holden has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. #BWFC— Official BWFC (@OfficialBWFC) July 29, 2013
Jurgen Klinsmann commented on Holden's injury and his recovery (via Thomas Floyd of the Washington Times).
Klinsmann: "He will have our full support as he goes down this road again, and we will be with him every step of the way." #USMNT— Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10) July 29, 2013
Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives commented on Holden's injury history and timetable for recovery.
Holden facing a 9-month recovery if all goes well. A spring return is an optimistic projection. If anyone can overcome this, it's Holden.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) July 29, 2013
Holden commented on his Twitter account after learning the diagnosis.
This is the same knee Holden had two procedures on in 2011, keeping him off the pitch for nearly two-and-a-half years. In March 2011, he sustained a knee injury against Manchester United. He returned to appear in a League Cup match in September, then had another procedure on the same knee.
Holden had played well for the United States leading up to the injury, starting the tournament off with a goal against Belize in the group stage. Combined with midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona and Alejandro Bedoya, he formed a strong group in the middle of the pitch.
Headed into the match against Panama on Sunday, the USA had outscored its five opponents in the 2013 Gold Cup 19-4. Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski each had five goals in the tournament, while Donovan added seven assists.
A big part of the United States' success in the tournament had to do with its ability to control the ball. It held possession for 70 percent of the match against El Salvador in the quarterfinals, then held the ball for 55 percent against a determined Honduras side in the semifinals.
The Americans are surely hoping Holden will be alright. His injury on Sunday certainly didn't look pleasant, as he could be seen visibly upset on the sidelines in a hard moment to watch.
Winner Sports tweeted:
Here's to hoping the 27-year-old will be OK moving forward. Any time team doctors come out onto the pitch, you hold your breath. Holden has been an important member for the United States in a strong run that had included 10 straight wins before the Gold Cup final.
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