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Andrew Wenger Earns MLS Player of the Week Nod

Andrew Wenger earned the MLS Player of the Week Award for his 1 goal 2 assist performance against FC Dallas

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The Houston Dynamo have been a "new-look" team this year and have showcased their ability to score and score often having notched 8 goals in 2 games. One of the biggest contributing factors to this is because of Andrew Wenger who has been directly a part of 4 of those 8 goals.

The Dynamo acquired Andrew Wenger, along with Cristian Maidana, in a trade with the Philadelphia Union this offseason as a way to re-tool our offense and midfield. Wenger, who was the #1 draft pick in the 2012 Superdraft, has shown lots of promise and potential in his young career, but hasn't excelled the way he was projected - often due to the Montreal Impact, the club that drafted him, and the Philadelphia Union utilizing him as a supporter rather than a creator.

In his last match, Wenger was able to assist to David Horst and Ricardo Clark before finding the back of the net himself in our 5-0 win over in-state rivals FC Dallas. It was this performance that set him apart from other MLS players in week 2 which helped earn him Player of the Week.

Wenger is putting on an exceptional performance early into the 2016 season and is tied for 2nd in goals scored and tied for 1st in assists (though a new metric of goals/90 minutes and assists/90 minutes has him a little lower in each category). It's never easy to tell if someone's work is say, Sebastian Giovinco level sustainable, but all signs point to Wenger putting in the work and standing out in an offense that boasts 2 other forwards and an attacking midfielder.

Whether or not he keeps these numbers up isn't important because the only thing that matters is the results. Following our 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution Wenger told Dynamo Communications Manager and Broadcast team member Matt Pedersen that there wasn't a silver lining to the game and the only thing that matters was the 3 points. It's this level of maturity that can propel this team from good to great.