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U.S. midfielder Holden tears ACL

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Stuart Holden's health woes go on.

The U.S. international midfielder, who missed most of the previous two years due to right knee injuries, tore the right anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Holden was subbed off in the first half, and the U.S. went on to beat Panama 1-0.

Holden, whose club team is England's Bolton Wanderers, wrote on his Twitter page, "I will rise again! Big love and thx to all the @officialbwfc and @ussoccer supporters, we will conquer once more. Lets do this #noholdenback"

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement released by the national soccer federation, "We are absolutely devastated for Stuart. He is such a great part of our team on the field and 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."

In March 2011, Holden's right knee was ripped apart by the studs of Manchester United's Jonny Evans. Holden briefly returned to action in September 2011, but he subsequently underwent another knee procedure that sidelined him until January 2013.

Holden, 27, appeared for the U.S. national team in 2009 and 2010 before missing the next two years. He joined the team for the lead-up to the Gold Cup this summer, and he scored a goal in a Gold Cup game against Belize.
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