BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, July 29, 2013
The worst fears were confirmed for Stuart Holden who was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee which he suffered in Sunday's Gold Cup final.

U.S Soccer confirmed the news to YA on Monday.

This news is the latest setback in a long string of injuries dating back to 2010 when he suffered a broken leg at the hands of Nigel De Jong in a friendly between the United States and Holland. Holden would subsequently make the 2010 World Cup team but he would not be at full strength.

In 2011 while playing for Bolton he suffered serious lacerations in his knee when he on the wrong end of a vicious tackle from Manchester United's Jonny Evans. Later that year during a slow recovery, he underwent micro-fracture surgery which kept him out for over a year.

This ACL injury will likely keep the 27 year old out for at least another nine months.