Wenger named to U.S. U23 roster

By on December 21, 2011

Andrew Wenger Andrew Wenger, a 2009 Warwick grad and a junior at Duke University, is among the 28 players selected to participate in an eight-day training camp for the United States Under-23 Men’s Soccer National Team.

According to the Blue Devils’ website, Wenger and Duke sophomore Sebastien Ibeagha are the only two collegiate players selected by U-23 head coach Caleb Porter.

The Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. will be the site of the camp from Dec. 15-23. The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team was drawn into the Group A of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and will face Canada, Cuba and El Salvador.

The teams will play their group matches from March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville, according to the website. The two finalists from the tournament will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London next summer.

Wenger, who was recently named a Hermann Trophy semifinalist, led Duke’s offense in 2011. He was selected as the ACC Offensive Player after leading the ACC in scoring with 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points. Wenger moved up to the forward position this season after two years at center back for the Blue Devils. His 17 tallies are tied for the most in Duke single-season history, while the 42 points are fifth and the most since Brian Kelley had 43 in 1995. In 2011, he registered at least one point in 11 games and twice had a career-best seven points. Wenger netted two hat tricks on the year and had five multiple-goal games.

The Lititz 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 and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Wenger is the first player since Jay Heaps to collect All-ACC first team honors in each of his first three seasons.

Duke posted an 11-8-3 record in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the third consecutive season. More WENGER, page B-4

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