Chester, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Union have traded forward Jack McInerney to the Montreal Impact in exchange for forward Andrew Wenger, the club announced on Friday.
McInerney, 21, spent his first four-plus seasons in Philadelphia after being drafted by the club in 2010. He has tallied 25 goals and four assists in 95 games with Philadelphia, including 53 starts, and 5,059 minutes played. In addition, he scored three times in six Lamar Hunt U.S. Open matches.
McInerney has been the Union's leading scorer over the past two seasons. In 2013, he scored 12 goals in 25 games, 19 as a starter, and was named to the MLS All-Star team that faced off against AS Roma. In the previous season, he scored eight goals in 25 games.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to bring in a player of Jack McInerney's quality," said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. "At a young age, he's already showed the ability to score goals in this league and we feel his qualities and soccer sense fit well within our style of play."
Wenger, 23, spent three years at Duke University before being selected with the first overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Montreal. In his rookie season with the Impact, Wenger recorded 823 minutes at forward and notched four goals.
"Andrew is a young and talented attacking player who we think is a good fit with our style of play," Union 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. Andrew is a Pennsylvania native that we are familiar with from his time as a youth and Reading United player and he will be a great addition to our team as both a person and a player going forward."
Last season, the Lancaster, PA native appeared in 24 MLS matches and also saw time in the CONCACAF Champions League, where he scored one goal in three starts.