MLS: Wizards' Meola to undergo knee surgery

Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery March 31 in Los Angeles for an injury that occurred on March 17th, GM Doug Newman announced March 23. Meola, who received 51 stitches in the mouth and a chipped tooth on March 13th after colliding with Mexican forward Francisco Palencia during the USA-Mexico game in San Diego, Calif., was hurt as he turned and planted to kick a ball in training. At first, the injury was diagnosed as a slight tear in the meniscus, which would have sidelined him for seven to 10 days. After further evaluation by the Wizards team doctors, the diagnosis was downgraded to more serious. The keeper will travel to California to have arthroscopic surgery, performed by Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, the U.S. national team doctor. "It is frustrating," Meola said, "but you will see me in a Kansas City Wizards uniform as soon as I am healthy." Goalkeeper Cesar Delgado, who surrendered four second half goals in the season-opening loss to Dallas last Saturday, has been waived by the Wizards, and Kansas City is in the process of calling up former University of Rhode Island goalkeeper Anthony Latronica to replace Delgado on the roster. Latronica played for the Worcester Wildfire (USL), now the Boston Bulldogs, last season. He also played in seven pre-season games for the New England Revolution on its recent tour to Italy. He arrived last night and will likely suit up for the home opener versus the Chicago Fire on March 27. Goalkeeper Chris Snitko, who is still nursing an injured back, will not suit up for the game, but is expected to be ready for the April 3 game against the Revolution at Arrowhead Stadium. David Winner, who was signed last Thursday, and Latronica will compete for the starting goalkeeper spot against Chicago.
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