FC Cincinnati achieves an important result in an emotional performance against Atlanta United FC with a 2-1 score

ATLANTA – Looking to put a two-game losing streak behind them, FC Cincinnati powered their way to a positive result, earning three key points on the road against Atlanta United FC despite trailing 1-0 in the second half.

Luciano Acosta would again be the catalyst, netting a goal and an assist in the effort. Luca Orellano would score his first goal, while Miles Robinson and DeAndre Yedlin would add assists.

Georgia native and former Atlanta United goalkeeper Alec Kann made his second start of the season and kept The Five Stripes off the scoreboard, putting away the only chance on goal in the first half with a brilliant save on a clear look from close range Atlanta. .

As halftime approached, FCC was faced with a difficult situation emotionally and tactically. In their attempts to stop Atlanta’s counterattack, Nick Hagglund and Miles Robinson found themselves on the wrong side of the physical challenges. Down and needs attention from the medical staff. Hagglund would have to be replaced due to injury, making way for Ian Murphy, but Robinson would continue. However, due to new MLS league rules implemented tonight for the first time league-wide, Robinson would have to sit out two minutes before returning to the match. Leaving Atlanta United with a kind of power play, more often seen in hockey than in football.

FCC would weather the storm, but would also essentially end attacking opportunities in the half by playing with a man down.

Kann would again save a clear chance to start the second half early by running out of his net to collect a heavy touch forward from an ATL forward, sliding sideways to kick the ball out of bounds and spread the immediate threat. Moments later he would hold his ground again and put a shot on goal to stop the chance.

However, it was Atlanta United who earned the opening goal despite FC Cincinnati having several chances, ringing two off the post before Thieago Almada curled a quick shot around Kann to make it 1-0.

However, it didn’t take long before FC Cincinnait raced back and scored the equalizer. 2023 MLS MVP Luciano Acosta advanced a perfectly timed pass to compatriot Luca Orellano, who fired a shot past ATL keeper Brad Guzan for his first goal with the Orange and Blue.

But the FCC’s attack was not over. Two minutes later, Miles Robinson linked a pass to DeAndre Yedlin, who sent an inch-perfect cross to a Serging Acosta right in front of the net, controlled the pass and tapped in the second goal of the night, allowing FCC to open a net in the 64. minute.

Both Robinson and Yedlin had assists on the goal, giving Acosta his third goal of the season after his fifth assist on the opening goal. With the goal, Orellano became the sixth FCC player to score his first goal for the club this season.

As the lead entered the final 25 minutes of the match, FCC held firm on defense as they continued to push for a third goal. A third would not come despite some promising builds, but the defense held firm, allowing just two shots in the final half hour, which Kann deflected in the 90+4 minute and swallowed easily in the 90+5 minute.

The most nerve-wracking moment would come in the final minute of the match with the referee showing seven minutes of stoppage time, Atlanta would win a corner in the final minute and push forward the entire time, including goalkeeper Guzan. FCC easily defended the attempt and Miazga sent what would eventually be the winning clearance upfield and into an open grass area. Giving the referee the opportunity to blow his whistle full time.

With the win, FCC improved their record to 4-2-3 and earned their third road win of the season. With the current results on a full-time basis, FC Cincinnati finished the evening with 15 points, good enough for a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference.

FC Cincinnati returns to the Queen City and takes on Colorado Rapids next weekend before heading out for two more games.