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Atlanta United loses 3-2 to Charlotte FC

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June 2, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Atlanta United FC News Report

ATLANTA – Atlanta United lost 3-2 to Charlotte FC on Sunday evening in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Thiago Almada scored his fourth goal of the season, while Xande Silva scored his first goal of the year.

Atlanta looked dangerous early and almost scored in the second minute. Almada fired a ball wide to Brooks Lennon on the right wing, where he played a pass for an unmarked Saba Lobjanidze in the center of the penalty area. However, the Georgian’s first shot flew over the crossbar. Lobjanidze continued to threaten Charlotte’s goal in the ninth minute with a few chances in quick succession. He shot on frame from the penalty area, but Kristijan Kahlina saved comfortably. Less than 30 seconds later, Lobjanidze collected an errant pass from a Charlotte defender and stood one-on-one as Kahlina dribbled down the left side. Lobjanidze tried to reach the far corner, but his curling attempt was missed wide of the post.

Jamal Thiare almost opened the scoring in the 19th minute. After Derrick Williams initiated a Charlotte counter-attack, Almada sent a through ball to Lennon in the penalty area on the right. Lennon sent a cross to the back post, but the ball was slightly behind Thiare and he could not turn it into frame. In the 23rd minute, Almada fired a shot from the corner of the penalty area, forcing Kahlina to make a diving save at the near post.

Atlanta finally broke through in the 35th minute. Lobjanidze received a pass from Almada on the left wing and tried to make a cross into the penalty area, which deflected off a Charlotte defender. The ball fell to Almada in the center of the penalty area, where he one-timed a left-footed shot on a half-volley that took a slight deflection before eventually hitting the back of the net.

However, Charlotte would equalize in the 40th minute from a corner. Jere Uronen’s cross hit Williams’ leg and bounced toward the Atlanta goal. Josh Cohen cleared the ball off the line with an impressive diving save, but minutes later VAR reviewed the play and ruled the ball crossed the line before Cohen could push it away.

Charlotte took the lead in the 56th minute through Liel Abada. On a counter-attack, Abada received a pass 25 yards from goal, took one touch and picked the bottom right corner just beyond the glove of a diving Cohen.

Abada extended Charlotte’s lead in the 68th minute. Jere Uronen played a ball towards the end line for Brandt Bronico, who hit the ball back into the center of the penalty area. Abada fired once into the bottom right corner to make it 3-1.

Atlanta got one goal back in the 76th minute. Jay Fortune tackled the ball away from Unonen in Charlotte’s half, which Lobjanidze gathered and broke towards goal. Lobjanidze laid a pass for Fortune and made an overlapping run into the penalty area on the right. His cross found Silva on the left, where he set the ball up with one touch before curling a shot into the far side netting to make it 3-2. Atlanta pushed for an equalizer until the final whistle, but ultimately fell short.

Atlanta United (4-8-4, 16 points) returns to action Saturday, June 15, when it hosts Houston Dynamo at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (7:30 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: 19-10 Atlanta

Shots on target: 4-4

Corners: 4-3 Atlanta

Fouls committed: 12-10 Atlanta

xG: 2.1 – 1.2 Atlanta

Owned: 60 – 40 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 88 – 80 Atlanta

To score

ATL – Thiago Almada 35′

CLT – Derrick Williams (OG) 40′

CLT – Liel Abada (Kerwin Vargas) 56′

CLT – Liel Abada (Bronico, Uronen) 68′

ATL – Xande Silva (Fortune, Lobjanidze) 76′

Disciplinary

ATL – Thiago Almada Y 35′

CLT – Junior Urso Y 50′

ATL – Brooks Lennon Y 51′

CLT – Brandt Bronico Y 83′

CLT – Kristijan Kahlina Y 89′

ATL – Tristan Muyumba Y 90+3′

Comments

Thiago Almada scored his fourth goal of the season

Xande Silva scored his first goal of the season

Jay Fortune earned his first assist of the season

Saba Lobjanidze recorded his fourth assist of the season

Attendance: 61,209

ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINE-UP

GK: Josh Cohen

D: Brooks Lennon

D: Derrick Williams (Xande Silva – 62′)

D: Stian Gregersen (Noah Cobb – 73′)

D: Luis Abram

D: Caleb Wiley

M: Tristan Muyumba

M: Dax McCarty (Jay Fortune – 62′)

M: Thiago Almada (c)

M: Saba Lobjanidze (Edwin Mosquera – 77′)

F: Jamal Thiaré (Giorgos Giakoumakis – 62′)

Substitutions not used:

Brad Guzan

Daniel Rios

Ronald Hernández

Efrain Morales

CHARLOTTE FC STARTING LINEUP

GK: Kristijan Kahlina

D: Nathan Byrne

D: Jere Uronen

D: Adilson Malanda

M: Ashley Westwood (c)

M: Brandt Bronico

M: Junior Urso (Djibril Diani – 82′)

M: Andrew Privett

Q: Liel Abada (Tyger Smalls – 81′)

Q: Kerwin Vargas (Brecht Dejaegere – 90′)

F: Patrick Agyemang

Substitutions not used:

Bill Tuiloma

Ben Bender

David Bingham

Nikola Petkovic

Jaylin Lindsey

Scott Arfield

OFFICIALS

Ismir Pekmic (referee), Matthew Nelson (assistant), Andrew Bigelow (assistant), Sergii Debianchuk (fourth), Tim Ford (VAR), Jonathan Johnson (AVAR)

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