Former U.S. Soccer Development Academy player Andrew Wenger (PA Classics) scored his first professional goal as the expansion Montreal Impact defeated Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday for the organization’s first Major League Soccer victory. Wenger gave Montreal a 2-0 lead in the 81st minute, and the Impact would need that late goal as Toronto rallied to cut the Impact lead to one in the 88th minute.
Wenger won the ball against Toronto defender Ty Harden, capitalizing on a long distribution from Impact teammate Justin Mapp and placing his strike into the back of the net for a two-goal lead.
“I am very happy to have scored my first goal, to get the monkey off my back,” Wenger said. “But it’s even more satisfying to get the win.”
Before the weekend’s slate of MLS matches, Internationals SC alum Darlington Nagbe of the Portland Timbers was awarded his second MLS Goal of the Week award for a 66th-minute volley against Real Salt Lake the previous weekend. Nagbe and former Albertson SC defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste played the full 90 minutes for Portland against Chivas USA on Saturday, but the Timbers dropped their third straight with a 2-1 loss.
Among other former Academy players in MLS action this past weekend, LA Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) played 90 minutes during a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. It marked the first complete game for the 19th overall selection of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Meyer also started and logged 84 minutes during LA’s 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on March 10.
Former Pateadores midfielder Luis Gil notched his first MLS assist during Real Salt Lake’s 2-0 win against the Colorado Rapids. The 18-year-old Gil and Tony Beltran set up Fabian Espindola’s controversial 57th-minute goal to push its lead to two goals at Rio Tinto Stadium. Gil has started in all six matches for RSL this year.