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Live Updates | Luca Orellano and Luciano Acosta score for FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United

ATLANTA – Welcome to Cincinnati.com’s live coverage of FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Refresh this page throughout the match for live updates and analysis, and follow Enquirer FC Cincinnati beat reporter Pat Brennan on X, formerly Twitter, for additional updates (@PBrennanENQ).

Luciano Acosta with another stunner vs. Atlanta (65′)

Luciano Acosta certainly has a sense of drama at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He scored memorably here last September, freezing Brad Guzan on a clever chip. Tonight he poked the ball home on a good ball from the right flank by DeAndre Yedlin.

Luca Orellano’s first goal in Orange and Blue (62′)

Luca Orellano broke into Brad Guzan down the left flank for the second time in the match and this time made no mistake. Orellano shot past Guzan for 1-1.

Thiago Almada hits for the lead (59′)

Argentina’s FIFA World Cup winner Thiago Almada impressed with a side-footed effort to give the home side the lead.

A more even start to the second half (54′)

While FC Cincinnati was the stronger of the two teams in the first half, Atlanta looked more eager after the break. They have already forced FCC goalkeeper Alec Kann into two saves.

Jump forward to halftime

Somehow we are scoreless at half time. Edwin Mosquera was wasteful with his chances for Atlanta. Alec Kann also made a dive stop due to a failed FCC clearance. FC Cincinnati also had a good look at the goal, but continued to miss, as has been the trend lately. Luca Orellano had probably FCC’s best chance of the first half when he broke unmarked down the left wing and curled the ball in from Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan’s near post. The ball then raced over the goal.

Notable was the departure of Nick Hagglund due to injury. He walked straight back to the dressing room after leaving the match in the 42nd minute.

The roof is open (8′)

For the first time, FC Cincinnati will play in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the retractable roof. It’s also a perfect evening for it. With FCC noticeably playing with Aaron Boupendza on the bench to start the match, they controlled the opening moments of the match.

Starting lineups for FC Cincinnati, Atlanta

  • FC Cincinnati starting XI: Alec Kann (GK), Luca Orellano, Miles Robinson, Matt Miazga, Nick Hagglund, DeAndre Yedlin, Obinna Nwobodo, Pavel Bucha, Luciano Acosta (captain), Yuya Kubo, Corey Baird.

  • Cincinnati bank: Alvas Powell, Aaron Boupendza, Kipp Keller, Bret Halsey, Gerardo “Dado” Valenzuela, Malik Pinto, Yamil Asad, Ian Murphy, Evan Louro (GK).

New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir (13) passes back as FC Cincinnati forward Yuya Kubo (7) defends in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 6, 2024, at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati.  The New York Red Bulls won 2-1.New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir (13) passes back as FC Cincinnati forward Yuya Kubo (7) defends in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 6, 2024, at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati.  The New York Red Bulls won 2-1.

New York Red Bulls forward Dante Vanzeir (13) passes back as FC Cincinnati forward Yuya Kubo (7) defends in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 6, 2024, at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati. The New York Red Bulls won 2-1.

  • Atlanta United starting XI: Brad Guzan (GK), Brooks Lennon, Noah Cobb, Luis Abram, Caleb Wiley, Tristan Muyumba, Bartosz Slisz, Saba Lobzhanidze, Edwin Mosquera, Thiago Almada, Daniel Rios.

  • Atlanta bank: Ronald Hernandez, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Dax McCarty, Sande Silva, Josh Cohen (GK), Tyler Wolff, Ajani Fortune, Elio Nicolas de Araujo Firmino.

This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: FC Cincinnati looks set to lose at Atlanta United