Friday, January 13, 2012

Warwick's Wenger Picked #1 in MLS Draft

Warwick grad Andrew Wenger is going Pro.

Warwick High School grad, Andrew Wenger picked first overall in the MLS Superdraft by the Montreal Impact. Here is the AP story along with a video link with reaction from Wenger and Warwick Soccer Coach Dale Stoltzfus.

Andrew Wenger as a Reading United
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Montreal Impact selected Duke forward Andrew Wenger with the first overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, choosing  the most complete player available as the expansion franchise pieces together its first roster.

Wenger won the Hermann Trophy as the top NCAA player. He was the ACC defensive player of the year last season and offensive player of the year this past season, finishing with 17 goals and eight assists in 22 games.

“It’s an honor, but it’s exciting,” said Wenger, who plans to join the new MLS club in a couple weeks, once his responsibilities with the U.S. men’s national under-23 team are through.

The Impact were expected to choose between Wenger and Akron forward Darren Mattocks, who many believe has greater long-term potential. Club officials wavered between the two until a couple days ago, ultimately going with Wenger’s versatility over Mattocks’ scoring punch.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Wenger said. “I’ve never lived in a big city. I’ve been watching a lot of the Travel Channel lately, so at least I know of some nice places to eat.”

Montreal coach Jesse Marsch, a longtime MLS star, said he doesn’t know where  Wenger will fit on the field. He’s shown ability at forward and midfield and as a lockdown defender.
“I think he was the best soccer player available,” Marsch said. “We followed  him very closely, and we just felt he had the best future, short term and long term, in the draft.”

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