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MLS starlet, Duke graduate Andrew Wenger shows journalism chops

By Charles Boehm

The Montreal Impact drafted former Duke University star Andrew Wenger with the top pick in the MLS SuperDraft a year ago, and he went on to bag four goals in 823 minutes of playing time in the club’s inaugural season in MLS, so you know he’s got plenty of talent on the field.

He’s also proving that his intellect is every bit as quick as his feet. Having split his time between Duke and the Impact last spring in order to finish his undergraduate degree, the Lancaster, Pa. native has also authored several pieces for Soccer Politics, an insightful blog run by Laurent Dubois, a professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke.

Last week Wenger posted his latest feature, an in-depth, painstakingly researched piece on the devilish details behind UEFA’s “Financial Fair Play” rules.

FFP is a new policy being enacted by European soccer’s governing body with the intention of requiring pro clubs to operate on a fair, financially sustainable basis.

The hope is that strict regulations can limit the competitive advantage from the massive wealth of ownership like the Qatari group that bought England’s Manchester City FC and promptly splashed hundreds of millions of Euros on the world’s top players.

As Wenger explains in impressive detail, FFP faces a rough road ahead, however.

[ +Read his full piece here ]