PAC Alum Andrew Wenger: The #1 Overall Pick in 2012 MLS Super Draft

Hermann Trophy winner headed to Montreal

 

            

                         On stage after the official selection.                                  The Hermann Trophy

 

Quick Links:

Click Here for the ESPN Video and Article

 

Click Here for the Montreal Impact’s Web Announcement

 

Click Here for Andrew’s US U-23 National Team Camp Interview

 

 Click Here for the official announcement from the Missouri Athletic Club

 

January 12, 2012

 

 In Kansas City, MO., today, with the first pick of the 2012 MLS Super Draft the Montreal Impact selected PA Classics alumni Andrew Wenger. 

Having just finished his junior year at Duke University where he led the ACC in scoring Wenger opted to forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility to sign with MLS and Generation Adidas to be part of the 2012 MLS Super Draft.  The selection of Wenger today caps a phenomenal week for the All-American who on Sunday (1/8) was named the 2011 Hermann Trophy Winner.

The Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious college soccer award and is handed out on an annual basis via a vote of the NCAA Division I head coaches.  Andrew was a semi-finalist for the award in 2010 before picking up the top honor in 2011. 

Following an upcoming two week training camp with the US U-23 Men’s National Team, Andrew will head to Montreal and will join fellow PA Classics alum Zarek Valentin (Akron University) with the Impact.  Valentin and Wenger now both have the honors of being drafted in the top 5 of their respective classes in the MLS Super Draft.  In the 2011 draft Valentin was taken by Chivas USA with the #4 overall selection.  He played in 25 games and logged over 2200 minutes for Chivas this past summer before being chosen by Montreal in the expansion draft in December.  Wenger’s selection by Montreal will reunite the two PA Classics teammates, this time at the professional level.  Additionally, both have spent time together in the U-17 and U-23 National Team programs.  

The Lititz, Pa., native was selected as the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, completing the trifecta of ACC major awards after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2009 and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year 2010.

Equally as successful in the classroom, Wenger has earned spots on both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his three seasons. For his career, Andrew has started all 58 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and scored 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.

Prior to his arrival at Duke University, Andrew was a member of PA Classics for years.  He was part of the first season of the USSF Development Academy program and it was there that he caught the eye Duke coach John Kerr Jr.