Saturday, January 14, 2012

Impact select Andrew Wenger

Per: ESPN.com
The Montreal Impact selected Andrew Wenger (Generation Adidas defender and Hermann Trophy winner) with the first overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Click "Read More" for more information on the number one overall pick.

“Andrew Wenger was our guy and we are very happy with our pick,” Impact head coach Jesse Marsch said. “He was the best soccer player available to us. We know that he will handle the pressure and the expectations very well because he is a mature young man. I believe he has the potential to become a great midfielder, defender and forward. We certainly feel that we became a stronger team today.”

In high school, Wenger played four different positions in each of his four varsity seasons. The shifting didn't stop there. In college, playing for Duke University, he played three different positions.

"I've played multiple positions and I haven't always been great at every position I've played in," Wenger said. "I'm a jack of all trades, ace of none."

After the Impact selected him, there was nothing but praise to go around. Taylor Twellman was on-set doing draft analyst for ESPN and said "[Wenger] is the 'Andrew Luck' of this draft...Perfect pick." I trust Twellman's eye for talent.

The following is per ImpactMontreal.com:

"[He] played the last three seasons with Duke University, winning the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, presented to the best male player in NCAA Division I soccer. After anchoring Duke's defence at center back for two years, he moved to forward in 2011 and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 17 goals and eight passes for a total of 42 points, ranking fourth nationally in total points, and sixth in total goals."

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