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Atlanta United 2 Falls at Tampa Bay 1-0

September 15, 2018 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Atlanta United 2 News Release

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Atlanta United 2 was defeated 1-0 by Tampa Bay Rowdies at AL Lang Stadium Saturday night. The loss snapped ATL UTD 2's three-match unbeaten streak.

"As I said to the players, I don't think the effort or desire was lacking. We simply needed a bit more quality in key moments and to be a bit sharper overall," said ATL UTD 2 head coach Scott Donnelly. "Tampa has improved game on game, and this is not an easy place to play. Their experience won out tonight, but our young players gained experience as well."

Tampa scored the game's lone goal in the 30th minute. Kwadwo Poku played a ball to Sebastian Guenzatti on the right side of the penalty area where the Uruguayan took a touch with his back to goal, turned and fired a low shot into the bottom left corner for a 1-0 lead.

Atlanta did not allow a shot on goal in the second half as the team pushed for an equalizer, but ultimately came up short. ATL UTD 2's best chance came in the 73rd minute as Laurent Kissiedou took a shot from outside of the 18-yard box aimed at the bottom right corner, but his attempt was saved by Daniel Vega.

ATL UTD 2 (5-14-8, 23 points) returns to action Friday, Sept. 21 against North Carolina FC at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coolray Field. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.

LINE SCORE

Atlanta 0, Tampa 1

Al Lang Stadium

St. Petersburg, Florida

STATS

Shots: 10-14 Tampa

Shots on Target: 1-4 Tampa

Corner kicks: 5-9 Tampa

Fouls committed: 14-14 Tied

Saves: 3-1 Atlanta

Offside: 1-2 Tampa

Possession: 50-50 Tied

Passing Accuracy: 84-87 Tampa

SCORING SUMMARY

TBR - Sebastian Guenzatti (Kwadwo Poku) 30'

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL - Laurent Kissiedou (yellow) 44'

TBR - Dominic Oduro (yellow) 45+1'

ATL - Andrew Kendall-Moullin (yellow) 51'

ATL - Oliver Shannon (yellow) 79'

TBR - Joe Cole (yellow) 87'

ATLANTA UNITED 2 STARTING LINEUP

Mitch Hildebrandt; Jack Metcalf, AJ Cochran, Tyler Ruthven (Alessandro Castro - 68'), Shawn Nicklaw (Rodolfo - 87'); Andrew Kendall-Moullin, Oliver Shannon, Kevin Barajas; Laurent Kissiedou (Jackson Conway - 74'), Devon Sandoval, Lagos Kunga.

Substitutes not used: Paul Christensen, Chris Goslin.

TAMPA BAY ROWDIES STARTING LINEUP

Daniel Vega; Hunter Gorskie, Pape Diakite, Tarek Morad; Afrim Taku, Kwadwo Poku (Joe Cole - 75'), Dominic Oduro, Martin Vingaard (Lance Rozeboom - 86'), Zac Portillos ©; Sebastian Guenzatti, Georgi Hristov (Junior Flemmings - 63').

Substitutes not used: Akira Fitzgerald, Alex Morrell, Leo Fernandes, Jaime Chavez.

ATTENDANCE

6,045

OFFICIALS

Daniel Gutierrez (referee), Danny Thornberry (assistant), Jamie Willis (assistant), Matthew Miscannon (fourth).

TEAM NOTES

Rodolfo made his ATL UTD 2 debut as a substitute in the second half


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