MONTREAL -- There were other strong candidates, but the expansion Montreal Impact felt the versatile Andrew Wenger was their man at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The six-foot 185-pound Wenger, who can play defence, midfield and up front, was selected first overall at the draft in Kansas City on Thursday, adding another piece to the Impact lineup heading into their first MLS season. Goal-scorer Darren Mattocks of the University of Akron went second overall to the Vancouver Whitecaps. "We just felt he has the total package," Impact sporting director Nick de Santis said of Wenger. "Mattocks and couple of other players were there and it was tough to choose, but we felt good about the decision. In athleticism, hes a notch above everyone." Canadian teams were front and centre at the draft, as Toronto FC used the fourth overall pick to take UC Santa Barbara midfielder Luis Silva and then got Notre Dame defender Aaron Maund 12th overall. Wenger won the Hermann Trophy as the top player in U.S. university soccer last season. The 21-year-old anchored Dukes back line in his first two seasons. He was converted to forward in his third season, scoring 17 goals and adding eight assists to lead the Blue Devils to an 11-8-3 record. Wenger said he is most comfortable in the midfield but is ready to play any position for Montreal. "It was a surprise. Going No. 1 was quite an honour," he said. "It was more important for me to be picked into a fantastic organization that would help me grow as a player and give me all the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed, and I think Montreal will do a fantastic job." Montreal was expected to take Mattocks because they are thin up front, but coach Jesse Marsch and his staff felt they couldnt pass up Wenger. "I think Andrew Wenger has the potential to become a great midfielder, defender and forward," said Marsch. "He was the best soccer player available. "We followed him very closely, and we just felt he had the best future, short term and long term, in the draft." Wenger may miss stretches of his rookie season on U.S. national teams duty and there are reports he may stay on at Duke until May to complete his semester. "We truly believe in him finishing his school as well," said De Santis. "Were not going to pressure him to come in the first minute and perform." He will miss the start of camp on Sunday because he is attending the U.S. under-23 team camp in California, where one of his teammates is Impact defender Zarek Valentin. Wenger, of Lititz, Pa., has known Valentin since they were children. "We played together from 11 until we went to college," Wenger said. "Hes currently my roommate at the U.S. under-23 national team camp, so weve been talking about Montreal and different scenarios over the last week or so. "Hes already been in the league for a year, so hes going to be able to show me what it is to be a professional and show me the ropes. Its a great advantage for me." The Whitecaps were delighted to land Mattocks, who had 39 goals in 47 matches in the last two seasons at Akron. "He brings different qualities to the front line," said Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie, who already has skill up front in Camilo Sanvezzo and Eric Hassli. "Hes more of a striker who gets behind the defence. He stretches the defence. And hes got finish. "Hes a prolific goal-scorer and thats hard to find." It was the second straight year Vancouver took a striker in the draft. As an expansion club last year, the Whitecaps picked Omar Salgado first overall. Rennie said the two may make a strong pair up front in future. Mattocks felt no disappointment at going second to Wenger. "Wherever I go, whether it was first or 10th, I just want to stay humble and do my best," said Mattocks, who had 21 goals in 22 games last season. Silva scored 17 goals in 22 games at Santa Barbara and is seen by TFC as a midfield playmaker. "Im a team player, I work hard both sides of the ball," said Mexican-born Silva. "I just know (TFC) is an attacking team with the 4-4-3 formation, which Im used to playing. "Ive played every formation. Its a matter of going to training and seeing how the coach wants to use me." TFC coach Aron Winter sees Silva as a potential midfield general who can also be used on the wing, while Maund brings size and quickness to the defence. "The reason we drafted them is because theyre good kids, with good technical qualities," said Winter. In the second round, Montreal took midfielder Calum Mallace of Marquette 20th overall and Vancouver picked defender Chris Estridge of Indiana 21st. Toronto FC did not have a second-round selection. The New England Revolution took UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe with the third pick. Chivas USA took Maryland forward Casey Townsend fifth and the San Jose Earthquakes took Silvas Santa Barbara teammate Sam Garza sixth. A total of 38 players were selected in two rounds. nfl jerseys china. -- Rookie centre Tomas Hertl scored twice and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 in a preseason game Tuesday night. wholesale nfl jerseys. Its television mayhem. Five games in one night is the lightest night of action so far this year. Every night, theres at least two games on the tube, and there have been interesting storylines, players and highlights in each. The former Hec Crighton Trophy-winning running back signed Wednesday with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after being released earlier this week by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. wholesale jerseys china.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres are moving on without the longtime face of their franchise. wholesale - No team was hotter than the Cleveland Indians down the stretch.The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed right-handed pitcher Matt Jackson to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Jackson, 26, finished the 2013 campaign in Winnipeg after being released by the San Diego Padres. In seven appearances, including six starts, with the Goldeyes, Jackson went 3-0 with a 3.70 ERA. Three of his six starts were quality starts and Winnipeg was a perfect 6-0 when Jackson started the game. He also posted an impressive 7.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. "I really liked what he did with us last year," said Goldeyes manager Rick Forney. "Hes very consistent. Hes a strike-thrower and has Double-A and Triple-A experience. He has great poise when hes out on thhe mound.dddddddddddd We have high expectations of Matt. We think he can legitimately be a 10-game winner and throw 125 innings for us. Hes a very important piece to our starting rotation." A product of Bossier, La., Jackson was drafted by San Diego in the 31st round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft and played five seasons in their organization. He reached Class AAA Tucson in 2012 and didnt allow a run in two starts. In 12 appearances, including 10 starts, at the Class AA and Class AAA levels in 2012 and 2013, Jackson was 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA. The Goldeyes now have 13 players signed for the 2014 season, including seven pitchers and six position players. ' ' '