Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Wenger rewarded for versatility with No. 1 pick
by Mike Woitalla, January 12th, 2012 6:01PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, montreal impact

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SUPERDRAFT] Andrew Wenger's parents remember his first goal well, back when he was 5 years old. "He scored at the wrong end," said his mother, Kathy Jo. "But at least he scored," joked his father, Jim, shortly after the Montreal Impact made Wenger the No. 1 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

After that inauspicious debut, pretty much all as gone well for Wenger all over the soccer field. The 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy started all 63 games during his three-year career at Duke, scoring 21 goals and 13 assists while playing in the back and up front.

He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year last season when he finished sixth in the nation among Division I scorers with 17 goals and eight assists.

That Andrew attended his mother’s alma mater, Duke, came about because Coach John Kerr noticed the Pennsylvanian in 2007 playing at the Disney's Soccer Showcase.

"I knew after 5 minutes I wanted to coach him,” said Kerr. “Here was an all-around soccer player who could read the game, had excellent tactical sense, a great athlete, and great technical ability.”

Wenger sharpened his individual skills by playing endless soccer in the backyard -- and in his room.

“He was always in the backyard,” said Kathy Jo. “He was very driven.  We had a rebound net. He spent a lot of time our there. ...

“His bedroom was above the dining room. So when the china and crystal started rattling, we knew he was up there juggling.”

Wenger’s parents say Andrew joined a soccer team at 5 because that’s what all the kids were doing. But as he got older, he became increasingly passionate about soccer.

“He tried all the sports -- baseball, T-ball, basketball -- but there was something special about soccer," said Kathy Jo. “He always kept pushing himself. ...

"When he joined a travel team, he’d tell us where to drive him. All we had to do was get him there.”

Wenger, who turned 21 last Christmas day, opted to skip his final year of college eligibility to sign with MLS as a Generation adidas player. By taking summer courses, he completed his junior year in December. He’ll continue at Duke in the spring semester and then will be just four classes short of a degree.

Kerr says MLS newcomer Montreal made a wise choice, because it can use Wenger up front, in the midfield or on the backline.

Asked where he prefers to play, Wenger smiled and said, “I like to be around the ball.”



2 comments
  1. David Huff
    commented on: January 13, 2012 at 10:39 a.m.
    Talk about a curve ball, I thought of the Arsenal manager first and that something good had happened for the Gunners team and then had to come back down to earth.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: January 13, 2012 at 10:53 a.m.
    Wengner's pedigree reminds me of a NJ player on a travel team who was used as a forward by one coach (3 goals in 10 games); the following year switched to a libero by another coach and blossomed with 9 goals in 11 games from the back. Let's hope the Montreal coaching staff keeps Wenger in a happy mood.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Cup: Remaining tickets sell out in three minutes    
Major League Soccer announced that tickets Saturday's MLS Cup between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders ...
What They're Saying: Chapecoense mourner Claudiane Penegalli     
"It creates indignation because it was a human failure. It wasn't a problem with nature, with ...
What They're Saying: Simon Grayson    
"You expect it in the playground between 4- or 5-year-olds, not from two professionals who've been ...
MLS Moves: Quakes decline options on nine players    
Former U.S. national team defender Clarence Goodson, former U.S. U-20s Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson and ...
MLS Moves: Former Xolos sign with Atlanta and SKC    
Two Americans who began their pro careers at Mexico's Tijuana have signed contracts with MLS clubs. ...
Video Pick: Pulisic's pocket warmer    
Both had a laugh when Christian Pulisic entered Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach and ...
U.S. U-17 boys crush competition at Nike Friendlies    
The USA won the U-17 Nike International Friendlies competition in convincing fashion, clinching with a 3-0 ...
U.S. Abroad: Arena watches Pulisic and Johnson    
New U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena watched Christian Pulisic play at Borussia Dortmund as he ...
U.S. U-17s boys romp again, beat Turkey, 5-1     
After opening the Nike International Friendlies with a 7-1 win over Portugal, the U.S. U-17 boys ...
U-20 WWC: USA badly outplayed in third-place game loss    
Japan outshot the USA 29-3 while beating the Americans 1-0 in the third-place game at the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives