2012 MLS SuperDraft: Andrew Wenger Goes No. 1

2012 MLS SuperDraft: Andrew Wenger Goes No. 1

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 12, 2012
  • 4 Comments
  • 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Andrew Wenger, Features

Duke's Wenger heads to Montreal. (Photo via Duke Athletic Department)

After some back and forth this morning, the Montreal Impact held on to their number one pick and took Duke defender/midfielder Andrew Wenger.

Wenger should come in right away and be a starter for this expansion club. The 2011 Hermann Trophy winner can play literally any where on the field.

As much as me and everyone else said that the Impact would take Darron Mattocks, this pick makes a load of sense. Wegner was been pegged as a likely top-five pick for months. The former ACC Defensive Player of the Year was moved to striker this past season and excelled, notching 17 goals and eight assists as he was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.

At 6’0″ and 185 pounds, Wegner is big enough to play in the center of defense, but expect him to slide into the midfield.  He’s similar to the likes of Perry Kitchen and Geoff Cameron in that regard, and he appears to be around that level of talent.

  • Patrick

    Here is my breakdown of the Montreal’s picks.  Everyone said it was 1-2 Mattocks and Wenger.  Prevailing thought is you take the best player.  Wenger won the Hermann trophy and was Defensive POY 2010 and Offensive POY 2011 in the ACC.  So we have the best player, yes I will say it, in the best conference in NCAA soccer who is also the best player in college soccer in 2011, not to mention a GA.  There is your first pick.  Calum Mallace was a player Montreal evaluated to be a calming, sure-footed presence at D-Mid, albeit an International.  They tried to trade up to take him but he fell right into their hands with the 20th pick.  So that is pick one and twenty.  What does Montreal do with their next pick(s)?  Looking at their roster they are short at the forward position, so that seems a logical direction.

  • Patrick

    Vancouver’s picks were Darren Mattocks and Chris Estridge.  Mattocks is a no brainer.  Everyone had Mattocks and Wenger 1-2.  Voila Mattocks is taken second.  Estridge is a versatile fullback – L or R.  He did not play his best at the combine, but he will be good.  The question is how good will he be.  What does Vancouver do next?  Looking at their roster D-Mid or outside backs make the most sense.

    • Patrick

      In looking at Vancouver’s roster again, I noticed they only have two goalies.  With the 2nd pick of the supplemental draft they may take Brian Rowe from UCLA as their third GK and shore up that position.

  • Patrick

    New England picked Kelyn Rowe and Tyler Polack, both GAs.  Let the rebuilding process begin.  Actually they are well on their way with the International signings of Lozano and Cardenas, a defender and midfielder.  So New England saved some $$$ and roster spots, while adding some Internationals.  What kind of impact will the Internationals have and where do they go in the supplemental draft?  New England need backups across the board on the back line and forwards.  Also, they either have one or two more international spots.  Can we expect more HGs too?  There are picks 3 and 22.