Wenger traded to Houston

By on December 9, 2015
Andrew Wenger

Andrew WengerFor the second time in 20 months, Lititz’s Andrew Wenger is on the move in Major League Soccer.

The Philadelphia Union announced on its website Monday that they had traded the 24-year-old Wenger, a 2009 Warwick High School grad, and fellow midfielder Cristian Maidana to Houston in exchange for the Dynamo’s first-round pick (No. 6 overall) and targeted allocation money in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, set to be held on Thursday, Jan. 14 in Baltimore, Md.

If the Dynamo acquire a pick higher than No. 6 prior to the draft, it will be sent to the Union, who currently own the third overall selection as well.

On April 4, 2014, the Montreal Impact, which made Wenger the top overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, traded the former Warrior star to the Union for Jack McInerney.

Playing at PPL Park in Chester, just over an hour’s drive from Lititz, Wenger appeared in 54 games for the Union, with 41 starts. He scored seven goals and added six assists with Philadelphia.

For his MLS career, he has 13 goals and nine helpers in 105 total games.

Wenger will be joining a Houston Dynamo club which finished with a record of 11-14-9 during the 2015 season, good for eighth place in the Western Conference standings &tstr; two spots out of a playoff berth.

Union technical director Chris Albright was quoted in the Union’s official release as saying, “We set out this offseason with a clear direction and this helps us start that process. We greatly value the increased cap flexibility, as well as the opportunity to have two high picks in the upcoming draft, increasing our ability to re-shape the roster. Cristian and Andrew should be commended for their time here and we wish them the best of luck.”

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