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Wenger earns honors following first MLS startSoccer
Andrew Wenger is making the Montreal Impact’s decision to draft him number one overall in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in January look like a smart move.
Having fulfilled his responsibilities at Duke University, the 2008 Warwick High School graduate joined the Impact full-time last month and earned his first start at Colorado on May 26 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
And Wenger certainly showed that he deserves to start again when Montreal (3-6-3) returns to action next Saturday, June 16 when the Impact hosts the Seattle Sounders FC.
Beating Rapids’ keeper Matt Pickens in the 47th minute of their MLS match, Wenger, playing forward in the Impact’s 4-2-3-1 formation, tied the game at 2-all before Colorado eventually pulled out a 3-2 victory.
According to the Impact’s website, Collen Warner got the ball to midfielder Patrice Bernier, who sent Wenger, a 21-year-old rookie, in behind the Rapids’ defense. Wenger, whose first-ever tally was a game-winner in the Impact’s 2-1 victory over Toronto on April 7, used a low right-footed shot to beat Pickens for his second goal of the season.
That was one of two shots on goal which Wenger had against Colorado — and one of four total — as he played the full 90 minutes against the Rapids and had about 20 touches.
For his efforts, Wenger earned the fifth highest score of all MLS players in the league’s week 12 Castrol Index rankings. Wenger, who also earned Player of the Week honors on phillysoccerpage.net, finished with 1,293 points, which placed him behind only Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio (1,574 points), New England Revolution forward Saer Sene (1,494), Colorado Rapids midfielder Jaime Castrillon (1,423) and San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart (1,314) on the Castrol Index top-20 performers list.
Matthew Doyle, of MLSsoccer.com, wrote that Wenger "put on a quality, classy display in the Impact’s 3-2 loss to the Rapids. The forward bagged a goal and was a menace all afternoon." More WENGER, page B-3