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Atlanta United loses 2-1 to FC Cincinnati

Atlanta United FC

April 20, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Atlanta United FC News Report

Thiago Almada of Atlanta United on the pitch
Thiago Almada of Atlanta United on the pitch
(Atlanta United FC)


ATLANTA – Atlanta United lost 2-1 to FC Cincinnati on Saturday evening in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Thiago Almada scored his second goal of the season to give Atlanta the lead in the second half, but Cincinnati responded shortly afterwards with two goals to come away with the three points.

The first half was an end-to-end contest with both sides pushing for the opening goal, but neither could find the end product as both ended the half with just one shot on target. Atlanta United’s first scoring opportunity came in the 11th minute after a good build-up. Almada received the ball near midfield and sent a through ball through the center of the field to Saba Lobjanidze. He then found Edwin Mosquera on the left wing, where the Colombian winger lobbed a cross towards the back post intended for Daniel Ríos. The ball was knocked down by a Cincinnati defender, but fell straight to Lobjandize’s feet in the six-yard box, where he tapped a shot towards the bottom left corner. However, former Atlanta goalie Alec Kann made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Atlanta finally found the breakthrough in the 59th minute through a brilliant attack from Almada. The game started with an Atlanta throw-in on the other side of the field, in its own half. Almada collected the ball and made a diagonal run, combining with Wiley on the left to move the ball across midfield. Wiley sprayed a pass down the left wing for Mosquera to gather just outside the 18-yard box. Mosquera took a few touches before delivering a pass to Almada at the top of the penalty area, where the Argentine set the ball down, turned and fired a quick shot from just outside the penalty area that flew into the bottom right corner, past Kann’s outstretched glove.

However, Cincinnati struck back immediately in the 62nd minute. After a foul corner, Cincinnati got a breakaway with Luciano Acosta leading the way. The reigning league MVP played a pass to Luca Orellano on the left and raced into the penalty area, where he coolly slotted a low shot across goal and into the bottom corner to level the match. Two minutes later, Cincinnati took the lead. After a period of possession, DeAndre Yedlin received the ball on the right wing and played an early cross into the penalty area, where Acosta brought the ball down near the penalty area before stopping his shot to the left side of the goal. Atlanta looked for the equalizer, but ultimately fell short.

Atlanta United (3-3-2, 11 points) returns to action Saturday, April 27, when it travels to Chicago Fire FC at Soldier Field (8:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass, 92.9 The Game, La Mejor). All Atlanta United matches are available with an MLS Season Pass subscription in the Apple TV app.

Match overview

Statistics

Shots: 18-16 Cincinnati

Shots on goal: 4-4 Atlanta

Corners: 9-4 Atlanta

Fouls committed: 12-9 Atlanta

xG: 2.5 – 2.1 Cincinnati

Possession: 58-42 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 86-82 Atlanta

To score

ATL – Thiago Almada (Edwin Mosquera) 58′

CIN – Luca Orellando (Luciano Acosta) 62′

CIN – Luciano Acosta (Yedlin, Robinson) 64′

Disciplinary

ATL – Jay Fortune 68′

CIN – Miles Robinson 83′

CIN – Pavel Bucha 89′

CIN – Luciano Acosta 90+3′ nuts

Thiago Almada scored his second goal of the season

Edwin Mosquera recorded his second assist of the season

Noah Cobb was replaced by Ronald Hernandez at halftime due to an injury

Attendance: 42,600

ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINE-UP

GK: Brad Guzan (c)

D: Brooks Lennon

D: Noah Cobb (Ronald Hernandez – 46′)

D: Luis Abram

D: Caleb Wiley

M: Bartosz Slisz

M: Tristan Muyumba (Jay Fortune – 60′)

M: Thiago Almada

M: Saba Lobjanidze (Tyler Wolff – 86′)

M: Edwin Mosquera (Xande Silva – 60′)

Q: Daniel Ríos (Giorgos Giakoumakis – 60′)

Substitutions not used:

Jos Cohen

Dax McCarty

Nick Firmino

Efrain Morales FC CINCINNATI STARTING LINEUP

GK: Alec Kann

D: Nick Hagglund (Ian Murphy – 43′)

D: Miles Robinson

D: Matt Miazga

D: Luca Orellano (Alvas Powell – 90′)

M: DeAndre Yedlin (Bret Halsey – 90′)

M: Obinna Nwobodo

M: Luciano Acosta (c)

M: Pavel Bucha (Malik Pinto – 90′)

F: Yuya Kubo

Q: Corey Baird (Aaron Boupendza – 76′)

Substitutions not used:

Evan Louro

Kipp Keller

Gerardo Valenzuela

Yamil Asad

OFFICIALS

Armando Villarreal (referee), Cory Richardson (assistant), Logan Brown (assistant), Sergii Debianchuk (fourth), Carol Anne Chenard (VAR), Tony Obas (AVAR)


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