Courage Takes Danielle Slaton with WUSA's First Overall Draft Pick

Feb. 11, 2002

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Santa Clara defender Danielle Slaton was selected by the Carolina Courage to open up the 2002 WUSA Draft, which is underway at the Sunrise Hilton in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Teammate Anna Kraus, also a defender, was selected by the Atlanta Beat as the seventh overall pick.

Both Broncos are San Jose natives and led Santa Clara to the program's first NCAA title with a 1-0 victory over North Carolina in December. Slaton was named the College Cup's Defensive MVP while Kraus earned all-College Cup honors.

Additionally, Alice Gleason, a goalie on the 1998-2000 Bronco squads, was selected in the third round by the San Jose CyberRays.

The second pick went to the Washington Freedom, and head coach Jim Gabarra and his staff picked Florida forward Abby Wambach, and the Boston Breakers chose North Carolina midfielder Jena Kluegel with the third pick.

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2001 WUSA Draft

First Round
1. Carolina Courage - Danielle Slaton, Defender, Santa Clara
2. Washington Freedom - Abby Wambach, Forward, Florida
3. Boston Breakers - Jena Kluegel, Midfielder, North Carolina
4. San Diego Spirit - Lori Lindsey, Midfielder, Virginia
5. Philadelphia Charge - Stacy Tullock, Midfielder, Arizona State
6. New York Power- Minna Mustonen, Forward, Franklin Pierce College/Boston Renegades
7. Atlanta Beat - Anna Kraus, Defender, Santa Clara
8. San Jose CyberRays - Danielle Borgman, Defender, North Carolina

Second Round
9. Carolina Courage - Katie Barnes, Forward, West Virginia
10. Washington Freedom - Casey Zimny, Defender, Connecticut
11. Boston Breakers - Monica Gonzalez, Defender, Notre Dame
12. San Diego Spirit - Amy Sauer, Defender, Stanford
13. Philadelphia Charge - Mary-Frances Monroe, Forward, UCLA
14. New York Power - Bonnie Young, Defender, Penn State
15. New York Power (in trade with Atlanta) - Meredith Flaherty, Goalkeeper, Florida
16. Philadelphia Charge (in trade with San Jose) - Andrea Alfiler, Midfielder, Azuza Pacific

Third Round
17. Carolina Courage - Emily Oleksiuk, Goalkeeper, Penn State
18. Washington Freedom - Stephanie Rigamat, Forward, UCLA
19. Boston Breakers - Alexa Borisjuk, Midfielder, Connecticut
20. Carolina Courage (from previous trade with San Diego) - Meghan Anderson, Midfielder, Nebraska
21. Philadelphia Charge - Katie Carson, Goalkeeper, Clemson
22. New York Power - Sarah Kate Noftsinger, Midfielder, Wake Forest
23. Atlanta Beat - Nicky Thrasher, Forward, Texas A&M
24. San Jose CyberRays - Alice Gleason, Goalkeeper, UNLV

Fourth Round
25. San Diego Spirit - Amy Kofoed, Forward, Utah
26. Washington Freedom - Justine Fisher, Midfielder, US Naval Academy
27. Boston Breakers - Kristin Slater, Goalkeeper, Arizona State
28. San Diego Spirit - Shelley Finger, Goalkeeper, North Carolina
29. Philadelphia Charge - Karyn Hall, Defender, Florida
30. New York Power - Erin Gilhart, Defender, Florida
31. Atlanta Beat - Kristin DePlatchett, Goalkeeper, North Carolina
32. San Jose CyberRays - Linnea Quinones, Goalkeeper, San Diego State