Atlanta United vs Columbus SC

Atlanta United Suffer Disappointing Loss to Columbus

Dwyer Scores Goal

Atlanta Latinos Magazine – Atlanta United entered the match having not lost at home this season, while Columbus Crew entered the match having not won on the road. Despite these streaks, Columbus managed to scrape out a 2-1 victory Saturday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Columbus wasted no time getting the first score. Columbus defender Jonathan Mensah headed in a corner kick from Pedro Santos. It was Mensah’s first goal of the season.

Columbus added a second goal right before halftime. Erik Hurtado received a long pass from Derrick Etienne Jr. Hurtado was able to beat the United defender in a one-on-one battle and drilled the shot past the United goalkeeper.

Atlanta finally got on the scoreboard in the 92’. Dom Dwyer attempted a miraculous bicycle goal kick that found the back of the net. It was Dwyer’s third goal of the season. The assist was credited to Alan Franco.

Atlanta continues to struggle on defense, especially defending set pieces. Atlanta lost yet another center back to injury in the early minutes of the game. Ronald Hernandez injured his knee and was replaced by Mikey Ambrose in the sixth minute of the game. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth has yet to record a shutout in six games started this year. He has only 10 saves in 21 shot attempts.

United received two red cards in the match. Manager Gonzalez Pineda was carded and ejected in the 92’ minute after the Dwyer goal. Thiago Almada received a red card for making contact with the referee after the match. Both will miss the next MLS match against Inter Miami CF in three weeks.

Atlanta’s is on international break the next couple weeks. Its next competition is against Mexican club C.F. Pachuca in the inaugural American Family Insurance Cup on June 14th.

Notes… Josef Martinez made his first appearance since the knee surgery earlier in the year. He came on at halftime but was limited to no shots and only 13 touches…it was Alan Franco’s first assist of the season and fifth of his career…Atlanta wore the prime blue kits for the first time ever…attendance was announced as 42,504.

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