Holden out after knee gash
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USA midfielder Stuart Holden, who needed 26 stitches to close a deep wound near his left knee, was among three players dropped today from the American lineup for upcoming friendlies.

The Bolton standout took the blow from Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, who received a red card for the studs-up foul in the English Premier League leaders' 1-0 triumph over the visiting Wanderers yesterday.

US Soccer Federation officials said that an X-ray showed that Holden suffered no broken bones but the Scottish-born FIFA World Cup™ midfielder was awaiting more results from medical exams.

"Just got home from hospital and last set of scans, all stitched up and awaiting the results. Thanks again for all your support," Holden posted on his Twitter microblogging website. Holden, who moved to America from Aberdeen at age ten, signed with Sunderland in 2005 but suffered a fractured eye socket when attacked outside a bar in Newcastle and later injured an ankle.

Holden, 25, led Houston Dynamo to the 2006 Major League Soccer title and joined Bolton in January of 2010.

The Americans also dropped defenders Steve Cherundolo and Zak Whitbread from their roster for home matches on Saturday against Argentina and 29 March against Paraguay, Cherundolo with a groin strain and Whitbread with a bad back. Leeds defender Eric Lichaj was added to the US training camp roster though today.