by the New England Revolution during Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.
U.S. Under-23 defender and U.S. Soccer Development Academy alum Andrew Wenger (former PA Classics player) out of Duke was the top selection by the Montreal Impact during Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft held at the NSCAA Convention in Kansas City.
The 2011 Hermann Trophy winner and ACC Offensive Player of the Year had 17 goals and eight assists last year, and he is the first Hermann Trophy recipient since Alecko Eskandarian (2002) to be taken first overall. The versatile Wenger was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
Wenger told the ESPN crew that he would like to play in the midfield for the Impact.
Development Academy alum and UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier) was the third overall selection by the New England Revolution. Rowe was not on hand at the draft as he is with the U-23s in Carson, Calif., training in preparation for the eventual 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March.
Rounding out the top 10, former U.S. U-20 MNT player Sam Garza was selected sixth by the San Jose Earthquakes, and Development Academy alum Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson SC; eighth pick by the Portland Timbers) also found an MLS home.
Former U.S. U-20 MNT defender Aaron Maund was selected by Toronto FC 12th overall (Toronto had two first-round selections). Development Academy alum and forward Chandler Hoffman went to the Philadelphia Union at No. 13. With the 14th pick, the Colorado Rapids selected former U-20 MNT player Tony Cascio.
Defender Andrew Duran, a former U.S. U-18 MNT player and Academy alum (Chicago Magic PSG), is bound for Seattle after his selection at No. 15 in the first round. And closing out the first round, Academy alum (St. Louis Scott Gallagher) and former U-18 and U-20 MNT player Tommy Meyer was picked by the Los Angeles Galaxy at No. 19.
The second round of the draft included former U-17/U-20 defender Tyler Polak going to New England with the third pick (22nd overall) and Academy alum (Chicago Magic PSG) and U-20 player Brendan King heading to Portland (eighth pick, 27th overall). Wrapping up the second round, Academy alumni Kevan George (Concorde Fire; 10th pick, 29th overall) and Greg Jordan (Sockers FC; 13th pick, 32nd overall) were picked by the Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union, respectively, and former U-17 player Kenney Walker was selected by the LA Galaxy with the 19th pick (38th overall).