It was announced earlier today that the Philadelphia Union traded forward Jack McInerney to the Montreal Impact for forward Andrew Wenger.
McInerny has started four games for the Union this season while scoring one goal, and has led the club in scoring two years in a row. Wenger has started three games for the Impact while scoring one goal, and is a former number one overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft.
This is a huge pick-up for Montreal, who already have a goal scoring threat in Marco Di Vaio. They have struggled a bit out of the gate this season due to personnel being injured or suspended, but with players finally coming back, they look prime to take another run at the MLS Cup this season. And this acquisition gives them one of the best striker pairings in MLS to help accomplish that.
I’m puzzled as to why Philadelphia would make this trade. They are sending away the club’s leading scorer two years running to get a young and talented, yet unproven player. Wenger has only scored six goals in little over two MLS seasons thus far, with four of them coming in his first MLS season. They seem to be banking on Wenger living up to the potential that made him the first overall pick in 2012, and while he provided a little offensive spark in his rookie year, he hasn’t exactly set the soccer world on fire as a member of the Impact. He’s still young and has plenty of time to develop, and maybe a change of scenery will do him some good, but again, why trade your top scorer to gamble on a youngster?
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