In its first MLS SuperDraft, expansion club Montreal Impact selected Andrew Wenger with their top overall pick.
Wenger, winner of the 2012 Hermann Trophy, scored 17 goals and had eight assists en route to ACC offensive player of the year honors in his first year at center forward. He was the 2010 ACC defensive player of the year at the center back position.
"I think he'll have a fabulous career," Duke head coach John Kerr said. "He's one of those unique talented individuals that can adjust to any setting that he's put in."
Wenger may face an adjustment from the start of his professional career as the Impact try to determine on which side of the field he should play. The 6-foot, 185-pound Lilitz, Pa. native will spend the next few weeks training as a defender with the United States U23 national team, but he may be forced to switch positions when MLS training camp begins.
"[A Montreal coach] did share with me that he liked him a lot at forward, but he's going to evaluate the rest of his staff and see how the players mold together," Kerr said. "He knows Andrew is capable of playing any position on the field except for maybe goalkeeper, so that's a nice problem to have if you're a coach."
Montreal kept its decision close to the vest until selection time, only notifying Wenger that he would become the club's first pick two minutes before the official announcement was made.
"I think he was the best soccer player available," Montreal coach Jesse Marsch told ESPN.com. "We followed him very closely, and we just felt he had the best future, short term and long term, in the draft."
Despite some projections that Blue Devil Christopher Tweed-Kent would be picked in the second round, the senior went undrafted.
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