FC Cincinnati defeated Atlanta United FC 2-1

FC Cincinnati 2

April 20, 2024 – MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
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FC Cincinnati scored two goals in the 62nd and 64th minutes to come from behind and beat Atlanta United FC 2-1 on Saturday night in front of 42,600 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

With the victory, the Orange and Blue broke a two-game skid and improved to 4-2-3 (15 points). Atlanta fell to 3-3-2 (11 points).

The hosts scored first in the 59th minute after a brilliant strike from Thiago Almada to break the scoreless deadlock. But the lead would be short-lived, as the Dutch and Blue would equalize three minutes later and take the lead five minutes later.

Luca Orellano scored his first goal for FC Cincinnati in the 62nd minute to send the visitors ahead, while captain Luciano Acosta scored his 43rd career goal for FCC – the highest in club history tied with Brandon Vazquez – to put FCC ahead for good to put. the 64th minute.

Cincinnati defeated Atlanta in comeback fashion, 2-1, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the second straight season. Saturday was United’s first home defeat since August 30 last season against FCC.


ATL: Thiago Almada, GOAL – 59′ (1-0) – Atlanta upped the tempo on a counter, with Edwin Mosquera on the left finding the hosts’ star midfielder Thiago Almada at the top of the box, who curled a right-footed shot in the bottom right corner of the net past a diving Alec Kann.

CIN: Luca Orellano, GOAL – 62′ (1-1) – FC Cincinnati quickly leveled the score, also on a counter. Luciano Acosta intercepted an intended short corner kick for Atlanta and the Orange and Blue were off to the races. Acosta drove down the left sideline and spotted Luca Orellano coming in behind the Atlanta defense. Orellano took one touch and beautifully placed his left shot past Brad Guzan for his first FC Cincinnati goal.

CIN: Luciano Acosta, GOAL – 64′ (1-2) – FC Cincinnati doubled the lead just two minutes after the equalizer. Miles Robinson in the Atlanta backcourt found DeAndre Yedlin on the right sideline. Yedlin delivered a pass with perfect weight into the penalty area, then Lucho Acosta made a perfect ball into the penalty area. Acosta calmly put his third MLS goal of the season into the back of the net.

FC Cincinnati returns home next Saturday, April 27, at TQL Stadium against the Colorado Rapids. Tickets are still available at or by calling (513) 977-5425 (KICK). The match will air on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, and fans can also watch the match on ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati and iHeart.


– FC Cincinnati is undefeated in five straight games against Atlanta United.

– Saturday marked FC Cincinnati’s 50th win in the MLS regular season.

– FC Cincinnati is undefeated in 10 straight games on artificial grass (3-0-7) … the last defeat for FCC on artificial grass came in March 2022 at Charlotte FC.

– Luciano Acosta recorded his second game of the season with multiple goal contributions… Acosta extended his club record total number of games with multiple goal contributions (2+ goals or assists) to 24 in all competitions, including 21 in the regular season.

– Acosta scored his seventh winning goal in the regular season for FC Cincinnati, the highest goal in club history.

– Acosta tied Brandon Vazquez for the most goals in all competitions for FC Cincinnati (43).

– Acosta has scored nine times in his career against Atlanta, three more than any other opponent for the Argentine (6 against CHI).

– Luca Orellano became the sixth goalscorer for FC Cincinnati this season.

– Alvas Powell made his 200th MLS regular-season appearance.

– FC Cincinnati scored two goals in three minutes for the first time since October 9, 2022 at DC United (Acosta 6′, Brenner 8′).


FC Cincinnati at Atlanta United FC

Date: April 20, 2024

Competition: MLS regular season

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Attendance: 42,600

Kickoff: 7:40 PM ET

Weather: 70 degrees, clear


ATL: 0-1-1

CIN: 0-2-2

ATL – Thiago Almada (Mosque) 59′

CIN – Luca Orellano (Acosta) 62′, Luciano Acosta (Yedlin, Robinson) 64′


CIN: Alec Kann, Luca Orellano (Alvas Powell 89′), Miles Robinson, Matt Miazga, Nick Hagglund (Ian Murphy 43′), DeAndre Yedlin (Bret Halsey 89′), Pavel Bucha (Malik Pinto 89′), Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta (C), Yuya Kubo, Corey Baird (Aaron Boupendza 76′)

Substitutes not used: Evan Louro, Kipp Keller, Gerardo Valenzuela, Yamil Asad

Head coach: Pat Noonan

ATL: Brad Guzan (C), Luis Abram, Brooks Lennon, Noah Cobb (Ronald Hernandez 46′), Caleb Wiley, Bartosz Slisz, Tristan Muyumba (Jay Fortune 60′), Saba Lobzhanidze (Tyler Wolff 86′), Thiago Almada, Edwin Mosquera (Xande Silva 60′), Daniel Ríos (Giorgos Giakoumakis 60′)

Substitutes not used: Josh Cohen, Dax McCarty, Efrain Morales, Nicolas Firmino

Head coach: Gonzalo Pineda


Shots: 16/18

Shots on target: 4/4

Saves: 2 / 3

Corners: 9/4

Errors: 12 / 9

Offside: 1/0

Possession: 57.9 / 42.1


ATL – Jay Fortune (yellow card) 68′

CIN – Miles Robinson (yellow card) 83′

CIN – Pavel Bucha (yellow card) 89′

CIN – Luciano Acosta (yellow card) 90’+3


Referee: Armando Villarreal

Asst. Referees: Cory Richardson, Logan Brown

Fourth official: Sergii Demianchuk

VAR: Carol Anne Chenard

AVAR: Tony Obas

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