Through the first two weeks of the 2016 MLS season, Andrew Wenger is proving to be one of the best acquisitions of the offseason.
The 25-year-old winger scored his second goal of the season and assisted two others to lead the Houston Dynamo to a 5-0 thrashing of in-state rival FC Dallas on Saturday. His performance on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field in the Texas Derby earned him honors as SBI MLS Player of the Week.
It did not take long for Wenger to have an impact on Saturday’s outcome. Six minutes into the contest at BBVA Compass Stadium, Wenger sent a perfect cross into box, where David Horst stood to head in the first goal of the game. Almost 10 minutes later, Wenger made a great sliding challenge on Colombian attacker Fabian Castillo, setting the tone defensively for the Dynamo.
He then provided a great cross to Ricardo Clark, who smashed in the team’s third goal of the game from the top of the penalty area in the 23rd minute. Wenger’s goal came four minutes later. He made a strong run towards goal after combining with his teammates on the right wing, and he benefited from a deflection before blasting the ball by FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez.
Wenger beat out Toronto FC star Sebasian Giovinco, Philadelphia Union midfielder Chris Ponius and Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer for his week’s honors.
What do you think of Wenger’s performance? Who stood out the most to you in Week 2?
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I hope this young man continues this impressive play. His college career was remarkable. ACC Feshman of the Year, ACC Defensive PoY, ACC Offensive PoY, MAC Player of the year. Let’s hope he settles in in Houston and really shines. Thank you Owen Coyle.
dont’ you mean (sadly) Philadelphia Union midfielder Chris Pontius?