Holden joins US team for training this week


CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is training with the U.S. national team for the first time since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament during the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last July 28.

Holden was in the Los Angeles area to be evaluated by Dr. Bert Mandlebaum, who operated last summer. The 28-year-old participated with the U.S. team during Tuesday's training sessions, then did fitness exercises and ball work on his own.

Holden will remain with the Americans until Saturday, when they play an exhibition game against South Korea. He then will return to Bolton.