The MLS SuperDraft is currently being held live in Kansas City and is being televised on ESPN2.
The first pick of the draft went to the expansion Montreal Impact and they selected Duke‘s Andrew Wenger.
Wenger is the first ever Duke player to be selected number one overall. There were three other players selected within the top five in the program’s history: Brian Kelly (1997), Jay Heaps (1999), and Ali Curtis (2001).
It has been a BIG year for Wenger, who moved from defense to offense in 2011 to lead the ACC in goals (17) and points overall (42). He started every game over his three-year career at Duke. This season, he was named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year, after earning ACC Rookie of the Year in 2009 and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
He was also selected to train with the U-23 USA soccer team that is competing for Olympic qualifying.
Wenger was honored as the Hermann Trophy winner, an award given to the top collegiate soccer player. He is the fourth Blue Devil in history to earn the prestigious award.
It wasn’t just his work on the soccer field that was honored this year. Wenger became the second Blue Devil in the soccer program’s history to earn CoSIDA Academic First Team honors, while also earning spots on the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Honor Roll in his three seasons at Duke. He was also named to the NSCAA Collegiate Scholar All-America first team (he was one of four juniors honored).
Wenger signed a contract with Generation adidas, thus forgoing his senior season. This led to his eligibility for the MLS Draft.
It all unfolded today, as Wenger was selected Number 1 and the first draft pick in Montreal’s history. Because he is a Generation adidas player, his salary does not count towards the team’s salary cap.
The Impact begin their inaugural season on March 10th in Vancouver.