Wenger ACC Player of the Year
- Christian Pulisic, a member of the PA Classics U14 Academy Team, was recently called back to the US U-14 National Team Final Pool for games in Chula Vista, California. This is his second appearnce with the U14 team in 2011. FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
- Two former PA Classics players, Andrew Wenger and Zarek Valentin, have earned call ups to the U23 National Team. FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
Zarek Valentin, who played for PA Classics before and after stints with the US Soccer Residency program in Bradenton, Florida, is currently with the Montreal Impact of MLS. In March of 2011 Valentin was drafted #4 overall in the MLS Superdraft by Chivas USA. He started 24 games for Chivas this past season and logged over 2100 minutes as a defender. Prior to being drafted by Chivas, Valentin won the Division 1 National Soccer Championship while playing centerback for the Akron Zips in 2010.
Valentin will also be heading to the Netherlands with the MLS Generation Adidas team to face Ajax later this month. FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
Andrew Wenger, a long time PA Classics player, has just recently finished his Junior year at Duke University where he served as the team captain in 2011 while leading both his team, and the entire ACC, in both goals and total points. He was just recently named a 2011 Herman Trophy Semi-Finalist, which is the MVP award for all of college soccer.
Wenger was named a semifinalist in 2010 after being named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and to the NSCAA All-America first team. He is one of four players from the ACC to be represented.
Wenger moved up to the forward position this season after two years at center back for the Blue Devils. He paced the Blue Devils offense this season with 17 goals and eight assists for a league-high 42 points. His 17 tallies are tied for the most in Duke single-season history, while the 42 points are fifth and the most since Brian Kelley had 43 in 1995. In 2011, he registered at least one point in 11 games and twice had a career-best seven points. Wenger netted two hat tricks on the year and had five multiple-goal games.
The Lititz, Pa., native was selected as the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, completing the trifecta of ACC major awards after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Wenger is the first player since Jay Heaps to collect All-ACC first team honors in each of his first three seasons.
Equally as successful in the classroom, Wenger has earned spots on both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his three seasons. For his career, the Lititz, Pa., native has started all 58 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and scored 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.
Duke finished the year with an 11-8-3 record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round for the second consecutive year.