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ATL UTD 2 Falls 3-0 at Nashville SC

October 19, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Atlanta United 2 News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 19, 2019) - Atlanta United 2 lost 3-0 to Nashville SC Saturday night at First Tennessee Park in the 2019 regular season finale.

ATL UTD 2 had a chance to take the lead in the first minute when Guillermo Benitez played Luiz Fernando down the left side. The Brazilian forward dribbled into the box and took a low shot aimed at the far corner, but Matt Pickens rushed out to deny the attempt and blocked it for a corner that was ultimately cleared.

Nashville took the lead in the 23rd minute from a corner. Justin Davis sent an in-swinging ball to the back post where Forrest Lasso finished with a header into the bottom right corner. Daniel Rios doubled the lead in the 33rd minute when he put away a bouncing through ball from Bolu Akinyode inside the box. Rios later added a second goal in the 39th minute.

Benitez nearly picked out the upper left corner in the 60th minute when he one-timed a left-footed shot, but an out-stretched Pickens pushed it away for a corner. Academy defender Garrison Tubbs also had a scoring opportunity in the 70th minute. Kevin Barajas recycled a cleared corner kick and delivered a cross from the left side towards the far post. Bienvenue Kanakimana headed the ball back to the center of the box where Tubbs put a shot on target, but Pickens again denied the attempt.

ATL UTD 2 finished its second season 9-17-8 with 35 points, besting its inaugural campaign by four points.


Atlanta 0, Nashville 3

First Tennessee Park

Nashville, Tennessee


Shots: 18-14 Nashville

Shots on Target: 7-4 Nashville

Corner kicks: 9-6 Atlanta

Fouls committed: 9-9 Tied

Saves: 4-4 Tied

Offside: 1-1 Tied

Possession: 51-49 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 85-82 Atlanta


NSH - Forrest Lasso (Justin Davis) 23'

NSH - Daniel Rios (Bolu Akinyode) 33'

NSH - Daniel Rios 39'


ATL - Laurent Kissiedou (yellow) 41'

NSH - Justin Davis (yellow) 67'


Dylan Castanheira; Guillermo Benitez, Garrison Tubbs, Kevin Barajas, Jack Metcalf ©; Luiz Fernando (Jordan Matthews - 79'), Laurent Kissiedou, Will Reilly, Amir Bashti; Brandon Clagette (Bienvenue Kanakimana - 20'), Patrick Okonkwo.

Substitutes not used: Paul Christensen, Jose Hernandez, Jackson Conway.


Matt Pickens; Jimmy Ockford, Forrest Lasso ©, Darnell King, Justin Davis; Matt LaGrassa, Boluwatife Akinyode; Ropapa Mensah (Taylor Washington - 45'), Lebo Moloto (Derrick Jones - 63'), Alan Winn; Daniel Ríos (Cameron Lancaster - 63').

Substitutes not used: Kharlton Belmar, Kosuke Kimura, Bradley Bourgeois, Connor Sparrow.




Alejandro Mariscal (referee), Trent Robert Van Haitsma (assistant), Ryan Graves (assistant), Sydney Halliday (fourth official)

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