CHICAGO (Wednesday, October 23, 2002) - Defender Jenny Benson has replaced defender Danielle Slaton on the USA's CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup roster. Slaton, the youngest member of the 2000 Olympic Team and the 2002 WUSA Defender of the Year for the Carolina Courage, will have arthroscopic surgery to repair articular cartilage in her right knee on Thursday in North Carolina.
Slaton, who has started all 11 of the matches she has played this year for the USA, was originally going to have the surgery after the Women's Gold Cup, which is serving as the USA's Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, but elected to have the procedure sooner than later. Her recovery is expected to take three-to-four months, and she should be ready for U.S. Women's National Team action early next year in the lead up to the 2003 WUSA season and the 2003 Women's World Cup in China.
Benson, 24, who like Slaton is left-footed, had an excellent season with the Philadelphia Charge in 2002. She has just three caps for the full national team, making her the least-capped player on the roster, and made her first ever start for the U.S. on Sept. 8 vs. Scotland.
The United States will open its quest for a spot at the 2003 Women's World Cup in China on Sunday, Oct. 27, as it faces Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Kickoff is at 3:00 p.m. PT. All the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports World.