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The former No. 1 overall pick had scored just two goals for the Union before bagging a brace against the Earthquakes.

Andrew Wenger's three-year MLS career has largely been the story of untapped potential. But he showed an enticing glimpse of his talent Sunday.

After scoring just two goals in his first 18 games for the Philadelphia Union following an April trade from the Montreal Impact, Wenger bagged a brace in a 4-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

"He's a special player who just needs confidence," Union coach Jim Curtin said during his postgame news conference. "And a night like tonight certainly gives a guy confidence. ... He's a guy with an incredibly high ceiling. I think you're seeing the start of something."

Wenger, who was feeling under the weather, scored the 10th-minute opener and 79th-minute insurance tally on a night that the Union (7-9-9) climbed within one point of a playoff spot.

"Today was a tough day, to be honest," Wenger said in quotes published by "I'm not feeling very well. I feel really sick. Half the day was just trying to keep myself going. But I did have some success going forward. And when you have success, you just have to try to build on that."