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Wenger Selected First in MLS SuperDraft
Monday 01/12/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University's Andrew Wenger was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Montreal Impact in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday in Kansas City, Mo. Wenger is the first Blue Devil to be taken with the first pick in program history.

The 2012 Hermann Trophy winner as the nation's top collegiate player, Wenger is the 18th Blue Devil to be drafted out of college since MLS held its first collegiate draft in 1997. He is the fourth Duke player in to be a top five pick, joining Brian Kelly (5 -1997), Jay Heaps (2 -1999), Ali Curtis (2 -2001).

After two years of anchoring Duke's defense at center back, Wenger moved forward to headline Duke's offense in 2011. He led the ACC with 17 goals and 42 points overall and ranked fourth nationally in total points and sixth in total goals. A starter in every game for Duke over the past three years, Wenger has reaped nearly every ACC award possible. He 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.

Equally as successful in the classroom, Wenger became the second Blue Devil in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors and has earned spots on both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his three seasons. He most recently was named to the NSCAA Collegiate Scholar All-America first team, one of four juniors to be honored.

For his career, Wenger has started all 63 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and registered 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.

Three former Blue Devils currently are on MLS rosters with Robbie Russell at D.C. United, Darrius Barnes with the New England Revolution and Cole Grossman at the Columbus Crew. Former players Jason Kreis and Jay Heaps are currently the head coaches at Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution, respectively.  Former Duke goalkeeper Garth Lagerway is the general manager of Real Salt Lake.

Montreal opens the 2012 MLS season March 10 at Vancouver. The Impact will host the Chicago Fire in its home opener March 17.


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