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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+.

LINE SCORE

Atlanta 0, Birmingham 5

Fifth Third Bank Stadium

Kennesaw, Georgia

STATS

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

SCORING SUMMARY

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'

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL - Will Reilly (yellow) 37'

BHM - Anderson Asiedu (yellow) 76'

ATL - Patrick Okonkwo (yellow) 84'

ATLANTA UNITED 2 STARTING LINEUP

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.

BIRMINGHAM LEGION FC STARTING LINEUP

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.

ATTENDANCE

1,123

OFFICIALS

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

TEAM NOTES

Amir Bashti made his ATL UTD 2 debut


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