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The Montreal Impact made a pretty significant move this morning acquiring striker Jack McInerney for the first pick in franchise history Andrew Wenger.
McInerney has been proven at the MLS level which is probably the thing than separates him most from Wenger at this point. With the Philadelphia Union, McInerney has 25 goals in 95 games in his career. The 21 year old was the seventh pick in 2010. He was a Major League Soccer all-star last year.
He had 12 goals in 25 games last year. He has a goal and an assist in four starts this season. To contrast, Wenger has one goal this season but only eight in three years in MLS. Wenger showed promise as a rookie but lacked the finish he needed around the net.
“We’d like to thank Andrew for everything he did both on and off the field for this club,” said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis in a press release. “He is a very talented player who played an important role in the history of this club as we transitioned into MLS. We wish him all the best moving forward.”
“We are extremely pleased to be able to bring in a player of Jack McInerney’s quality,” said De Santis. “At a young age, he’s already showed the ability to score goals in this league and we feel his qualities and soccer sense fit well within our style of play.”
This is undoubtedly another move to prepare for life without Marco Di Vaio and may put the Impact and coach Frank Klopas in a position to play two forwards in an attempt to increase the team’s offensive ability.
Wenger tried to learn French and make himself at home in Montreal but never seemed to show the promise, and fulfill the expectations, of a number one overall pick. Especially being the first pick in franchise history.