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Atlanta United Defeats Charlotte Independence 3-0 in U.S. Open Cup Round of 32

May 7, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Atlanta United FC News Release

Atlanta United's Efrain Morales and Nick Firmino on game night
Atlanta United's Efrain Morales and Nick Firmino on game night
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KENNESAW, Ga. - Atlanta United defeated Charlotte Independence 3-0 Tuesday night at Fifth Third Stadium in the Round of 32 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Nick Firmino scored a pair of goals while Daniel Ríos added a third goal late. Josh Cohen also made his club debut and made two saves to keep a clean sheet. Atlanta moves on to the Round of 16 where it will face the winner of Wednesday's Charleston Battery vs. South Georgia Tormenta FC match. The schedule and locations for the Round of 16 will be announced Thursday, May 9.

After a scoreless first half where each side put one shot on target, Atlanta's attack broke out in the second 45 with three goals. Firmino's first of the night came in the 52nd minute on a play which began down the right wing. Luke Brennan played a through ball for Matt Edwards running toward the end line where he cut back a low cross to the top of the box. Dax McCarty played a dummy, allowing the ball to roll to Firmino where he blasted a shot into the bottom left corner.

Atlanta continued to put pressure on Charlotte's goal and nearly doubled the lead in the 59th minute when Ronald Hernandez lofted a cross from the left side to the back post where Ríos turned a shot on goal, but Charlotte goalkeeper Austin Pack pushed it out for a corner. On the ensuing set piece, McCarty blasted a shot on frame, but Pack again was positioned well to deny the goal.

However, Firmino doubled Atlanta's lead in the 71st minute. Cohen took a goal kick which was flicked on by Ríos down the left flank for Caleb Wiley. The Homegrown dribbled into the box before delivering a pass to Firmino running in behind where he one-timed a low shot into the far side of the goal.

Atlanta put the game away with a third goal in the 85th minute. The play again began with a free kick from Cohen, this time up the right side to Brooks Lennon where he won a header which Silva gathered. The Portuguese winger fought off a defender, took a touch toward the end line and sent a ball across the six-yard box where Ríos tapped in Atlanta's third and final goal.

Atlanta United (3-4-3, 12 points) returns to MLS Regular Season play Saturday, May 11 when it hosts D.C. United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass, 92.9 The Game, La Mejor). All Atlanta United matches are available with an MLS Season Pass subscription, located on the Apple TV app.

Match Summary


Shots: 22-7 Atlanta

Shots on target: 8-2 Atlanta

Corner kicks: 9-2 Atlanta

Fouls Committed: 19-4 Atlanta

xG: 2.59 - 0.2 Atlanta

Possession: 65-35 Atlanta

Passing accuracy: 89-78 Atlanta


ATL - Nick Firmino (Matt Edwards) 52'

ATL - Nick Firmino (Caleb Wiley) 71'

ATL - Daniel Ríos (Xande Silva) 85'


ATL - Dax McCarty 5'

CLT - Fabrice Ngah 26'

ATL - Matt Edwards 35'

CLT - Luis Alvarez 76' Notes

Nick Firmino scored two goals in his Open Cup debut

Daniel Ríos scored his third goal in Open Cup play, and his first with Atlanta

Stian Gregersen was forced to exit the match in the 12th minute due to injury. Noah Cobb replaced him as a concussion substitute.

Xande Silva returned from injury and recorded his first assist in Open Cup play

Josh Cohen, Matt Edwards, Ashton Gordon, Luke Brennan and Adyn Torres all made their First Team debuts

Matt Edwards recorded an assist

Attendance: 2,522


GK: Josh Cohen

D: Ronald Hernandez (c)

D: Stian Gregersen (Noah Cobb - 11')

D: Efrain Morales

D: Matt Edwards (Brooks Lennon - 64')

M: Jay Fortune

M: Dax McCarty (Bartosz Slisz - 72')

M: Ashton Gordon (Caleb Wiley - 64')

M: Nick Firmino (Adyn Torres - 88')

M: Luke Brennan (Xande Silva - 72')

F: Daniel Ríos

Substitutes not used:


GK: Austin Pack

D: Anton Sorenson

D: Hugh Roberts II

D: Nick Spielman

D: Clay Dimick (c)

M: Fabrice Ngah

M: Omar Ciss (Noah Pilato - 64')

M: Bachir Ndiaye (Rayan Djedje - 64')

F: Juan Carlos Obregon

F: Gabriel Obertan (Tresor Mbuyu - 64')

F: Luis Alvarez

Substitutes not used:

Joel Johnson

Kharlton Belmar

Denzel Akyeampong

Matt Levy


Lorenzo Hernandez (referee), Joshua Belk (assistant), Jonathan Smith (assistant), Kyle Johnston (fourth)

Media Contacts:

Chris Winkler - Director of Communications


Justin Veldhuis - Manager of Sports Communications


Chris Raimondi - Manager of Brand Communications


Johannes Schneider - Communications Coordinator


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Atlanta United's Efrain Morales and Nick Firmino on game night
Atlanta United's Efrain Morales and Nick Firmino on game night


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