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ATL UTD 2 Falls 5-0 to Birmingham Legion FC

September 4, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Atlanta United 2 News Release

KENNESAW, Ga. - Atlanta United 2 fell 5-0 to Birmingham Legion FC Wednesday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Amir Bashti made his club debut when he came on as a substitute in the second half.

Birmingham took the lead in the third minute through Brian Wright. Prosper Kasim intercepted a pass in the defensive third and immediately played a long ball behind Atlanta's backline. Wright tracked down the loose ball and chipped it in for the lead.

ATL UTD 2 nearly equalized in the 16th minute with a pair of chances. Luiz Fernando beat a defender on left side and sent a cross in for Laurent Kissiedou. The Ivorian took a touch to settle the ball, but immediately had it poked away by a Birmingham defender. Legion FC failed to clear it, and Atlanta recycled the play out to the right side where Laurence Wyke sent a dangerous ball into the six-yard box, but it just missed the boot of a sliding Jackson Conway.

JJ Williams doubled Birmingham's lead in the 43rd minute after heading in a cross from Eric Avila. Daniel Johnson added a third in the 51st minute when he scored a curling shot from outside of the box following corner kick.

Kasim scored a penalty kick in the 81st minute after Atlanta was called for a handball in the box. Kyle Culbertson ended the scoring with a goal in the 88th minute.

ATL UTD 2 (5-16-5, 20 points) returns to action Saturday, Sept. 7 against Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m. EST at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.


Atlanta 0, Birmingham 5

Fifth Third Bank Stadium

Kennesaw, Georgia


Shots: 21-8 Birmingham

Shots on Target: 11-1 Birmingham

Corner kicks: 5-4 Atlanta

Fouls committed: 10-9 Birmingham

Saves: 6-1 Atlanta

Offside: 4-0 Birmingham

Possession: 57-43 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 89-86 Atlanta


BHM - Brian Wright (Prosper Kasim) 3'

BHM - JJ Williams (Eric Avila) 43'

BHM - Daniel Johnson 51'

BHM - Prosper Kasim (penalty) 81'

BHM - Kyle Culbertson (Anderson Asiedu) 88'


ATL - Will Reilly (yellow) 37'

BHM - Anderson Asiedu (yellow) 76'

ATL - Patrick Okonkwo (yellow) 84'


Dylan Castanheira; Wesly Decas, Tyler Ruthven, Garrison Tubbs (Guillermo Benitez - 45'), Laurence Wyke; Will Reilly; Luiz Fernando (Patrick Okonkwo - 70'), Jack Metcalf ©, Alessandro Castro, Laurent Kissiedou (Amir Bashti - 59'); Jackson Conway.

Substitutes not used: Paul Christensen, Kevin Barajas, Brandon Clagette, Jose Hernandez.


Matt Van Oekel; Razak Cromwell, Mathieu Laurent, Mikey Lopez, Akeem Ward, Anderson Asiedu ©, Prosper Kasim, Eric Avila (Marcos Ugarte - 68'), Daniel Johnson, J.J. Williams (Kyle Culbertson - 68'), Brian Wright (Benjamin Kucera - 81').

Substitutes not used: Joseph Holland, Gael Mabiala, Kyle Fisher, Trevor Spangenberg.




JC Griggs (referee), Amilcar Sicaju (assistant), Austin Holt (assistant), Jarred Mosher (fourth official)


Amir Bashti made his ATL UTD 2 debut

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