FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Generation adidas signing Andrew Wenger may not be here in Florida for the MLS Player Combine taking place this week, but he still made the headlines.
The Duke standout was presented the MAC Hermann Trophy on Friday night after an outstanding junior season.
He beat out forwards Billy Schuler (North Carolina) and Ethan Finlay (Creighton) to capture the prestigious honor given to the top player in college soccer.
Wenger, 21, spent this past award-winning season playing out of position. He started his college career as a center back before being switched to an attacker due to some holes in the Blue Devils offense. He scored 17 goals and eight assists on the year, being named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.
Three other Duke playes have won the Hermann: current Duke coach and former US international John Kerr (1986), current New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps (1998) and former MLSer Ali Curtis (2000).
Wenger, who signed a Generation adidas deal at the end of the college season, is a likely to be top five pick in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft. Despite his goal-scoring exploits, he is projected to play center back at the pro level.
He won’t play at the Combine because of a call-up to the latest US U-23 men’s national team camp, starting Sunday in advance of 2012 Olympic qualifiers to be held in March.