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Union trade Jack McInerney to Montreal Impact
Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014, 10:07 AM
It has not been lost on anyone watching the Union that Jack McInerney has scored just three goals in his 18 appearances since being part of the United States national teams Gold Cup roster last year.
It also has not been lost on those wondering when McInerney will fulfill his longstanding potential that the 21-year-old forward is in the final year of his contract with the Union.
So if ever there was a time for the Union to get some value for McInerney, its now.
As first reported by ESPNs Taylor Twellman, McInerney has been traded to the Montréal Impact for forward Andrew Wenger. The 23-year-old Lititz, Pa., native was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 SuperDraft, but has struggled to develop under the Impacts carousel of head coaches in recent years. More coverage  2014 Philadelphia Union schedule  2014 Union season statistics  Major League Soccer national television schedule  Fox Sports UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League TV schedule  More soccer coverage from The Goalkeeper  Buy Philadelphia Union gear  Buy Philadelphia Union tickets
Twellman reported that the Union would get more than Wenger in the deal, but they did not. The official announcement of the trade was a straight player-for-player swap.
“Andrew is a young and talented attacking player who we think is a good fit with our style of play,” Team Manager John Hackworth said. “Jack was an important member of our squad over the past four years, but the reality is our team has evolved and this deal puts our team in a better overall position long-term.
Wenger is a player who Union manager John Hackworth has long admired - and who many in Canada have long scorned for not being as skilled as Marco Di Vaio, the Impacts No. 1 striker. There are also, however, plenty of observers on both sides of the border who know full well that the comparison isnt fair. Few strikers anywhere in MLS are at Di Vaios level.
Now Wenger will be free of that burden. Hell also be living closer to home, and hell be playing for a coach who appreciates his talents.
Andrew is a Pennsylvania native that we are familiar with from his time as a youth and Reading United player, Hackworth said. He will be a great addition to our team as both a person and a player going forward.”
Of course, hell have to deliver too. McInerney has been the Unions No. 1 striker for two full seasons now, with eight goals in 2012 and 12 last year. That production will have to be replaced, and it might take Wenger and Conor Casey to do so.
Its also worth noting that this move likely wont save the Union much money, if any. We dont have 2014 salary figures yet, but going off last years numbers, McInernery made $125,500.00 in base salary and $189,666.67 guarateed, and Wenger made $120,000.00 in base salary and $222,000.00 guaranteed. Jonathan TannenwaldPhilly.com Twitter | Email #post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-reddit {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 60px !important;height: 20px !important;margin-right:8px;}#post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-email {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 71px !important;height: 28px !important;}0 comments

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