After a three standout seasons at Duke University, Andrew Wenger decided to pursue an opportunity with MLS, signing a Generation adidas deal this week and entering the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
MLSsoccer.com caught up with Wenger from Florida, where he’s been a part of the US Under 23 Olympic training camp under head coach Caleb Porter.
MLSsoccer.com: What are your thoughts on signing a deal with MLS?
Wenger: I’m excited. It’s always something I’ve always looked for and a goal. I’m excited and anxious for it to finally be here.
MLSsoccer.com: Was it a hard decision to leave Duke a year early?
Wenger: I think I kind of always planned that if the opportunity arose — if it all worked out — that I would jump on it.
MLSsoccer.com: What would you say are your strengths as a player?
Wenger: Obviously, my versatility is a strength, but also at times a weakness. I think I’m just a very good overall, solid soccer player.
MLSsoccer.com: To that point, you played up front this year after two years as a center back. Do you have any thoughts on where you might end up playing in MLS?
Wenger: My goal is to get on the field to play and contribute. I think I feel most comfortable playing in the back more or in the back half of the field. But wherever the coach needs me.
MLSsoccer.com: What are your thoughts on trying to make the Olympic team?
Wenger: I think growing up everybody always watches the Olympics, and it’s a goal to be there whether you’re watching it or playing in it. I think that goal hasn’t changed.