With the Impact playing less than 48 hours after it was drubbed 3-0 by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the tournament opener, coach Jesse Marsch made wholesale changes to his starting lineup, as a mix of NASL alumni and young players got the starts today.
Wenger, who played both up front and in the back during his days at Duke University, continued as a forward for the Impact. He’s been used on the front line since he arrived in the Impact fold, and it’s clear that — with the Impact looking to have more depth on the defensive side but looking to be challenged in the goal-scoring department — Marsch would rather see Wenger on offense.
Wenger was effective throughout the first half, and was the conjurer of the Impact’s goal. He did well to control a long, probing ball down the left side of the SKC defence, kept his composure under pressure and laid a perfect low cross for Mike Fucito to tap home.
But, while Wenger had a good day, an Impact holdover from last season had an afternoon to forget.
Hassoun Camara, who was a regular for the Impact in its final NASL season, committed a foul in the box in the first half before the Fucito goal. But SKC’s Soony Saad missed the target with a poor penalty attempt.
And Camara was the culprit on Saad’s second-half equalizer. Saad was able to control in the box and spin past Camara, before sliding a shot through the legs of keeper Evan Bush, who played the second half after Canadian Greg Sutton got the call for the first 45.