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Atlanta United Defeats Club America, Wins Campeones Cup

August 15, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Atlanta United FC News Release

ATLANTA ( - Atlanta United defeated Club America 3-2 on Wednesday night to claim the 2019 Campeones Cup. In front of 40,128 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta erased a second-half deficit with goals from Jeff Larentowicz and Josef Martinez. Emerson Hyndman scored the opening goal and Alec Kann shined in net, making four saves. Atlanta became the first MLS team to win Campeones Cup and just the second MLS team to beat a Liga MX team to win a trophy.

Hyndman opened the scoring in the fifth minute, finishing off a long buildup from Atlanta. Dion Pereira played the pivotal pass, tipping a ball forward into the box for Hyndman who drilled his left-footed shot into the far corner. Franco Escobar, Julian Gressel, Darlington Nagbe and Josef Martinez each had a pass in the sequence that started in Atlanta's half.

Club America answered eight minutes later as Renato Ibarra buried an equalizer. Andrés Ibargüen played a ball in between two Atlanta defenders for Roger Martinez, who turned and dribbled to the end line before sending a ball across the mouth of the goal that Ibarra got on the end of. He slammed a right-footed shot off the crossbar that ricocheted in for the goal.

Video review awarded a penalty kick to Atlanta in the 41st minute, as it ruled Bruno Valdez fouled Pity Martinez inside of the box. Josef Martinez stepped up to take the penalty, but his attempt was saved by Oscar Jiménez.

America opened the second half scoring with a goal from Roger Martinez off a corner kick. Francisco Cordova sent the ball into the middle of the box and Martinez finished from close range.

But Atlanta answered immediately from Jeff Larentowicz, who sent a missile into the back of the net from 25 yards out a mere two minutes after America had taken the lead. America had appeared to the avoid the danger with a headed clearance out of the box. But it landed near Larentowicz, who took a touch before unleashing a rocket into the upper left corner.

Josef Martinez then gave Atlanta the lead six minutes later from the penalty spot. Florentin Pogba drew it as he was cleared out inside the 18-yard box by Guido Rodriguez in the 64th minute. Martinez stepped up this time and drilled his shot into the upper left corner.

Atlanta United (13-9-3, 42 points) returns to MLS action Sunday, Aug. 18 at Portland Timbers (10:00 p.m. EST, FS1, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game).

MATCH INFO

Atlanta United 3, Club America 2

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta, Georgia

STATS

Shots: 17-15 Atlanta

Shots on Target: 10-6 Atlanta

Corner kicks: 8-4 Atlanta

Fouls committed: 21-21

Clearances: 20-14 America

Offside: 1-0 America

Possession: 58-42 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 78-71 Atlanta

SCORING SUMMARY

ATL - Emerson Hyndman (Dion Pereira) 5' [HIGHLIGHT]

AME - Renato Ibarra (Roger Martinez) 13' [HIGHLIGHT]

AME - Roger Martinez (Francisco Cordova) 57' [HIGHLIGHT]

ATL - Jeff Larentowicz 59' [HIGHLIGHT]

ATL - Josef Martinez (penalty) 65' [HIGHLIGHT]

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL - Jeff Larentowicz (yellow) 28'

AME - Bruno Valdez (yellow) 41'

AME - Bruno Valdez (yellow, red) 72'

AME - Carlos Vargas (yellow) 80'

ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP

Alec Kann; Florentin Pogba, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Franco Escobar (Miles Robinson - 44'); Dion Pereira (Justin Meram - 66'), Darlington Nagbe, Jeff Larentowicz ©, Julian Gressel; Emerson Hyndman, Josef MartÃ-nez, Pity MartÃ-nez (Ezequiel Barco - 90+2').

Substitutes not used: Brad Guzan, Michael Parkhurst, Mo Adams, Hector Villalba.

CLUB AMERICA STARTING LINEUP

Oscar Jiménez; Carlos Vargas, Jorge Sánchez, Bruno Valdez, Paul Aguilar; Guido RodrÃ-guez, Andrés Ibargüen (Israel Garcia - 90+2'), Sebastián Córdova (Leonel López - 83'), Renato Ibarra; Roger Martinez, Henry Martin (Nicolás Benedetti - 71').

Substitutes not used: Luis Zamudio, Emanuel Aguilera, Antonio López, Fernando González.

ATTENDANCE

40,128

OFFICIALS

Joel Aguilar (referee), Juan Zumba (assistant), Walter López (assistant), Iván Arcides Barton Cisneros (fourth), José Carlos Rivero (VAR)


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