Atlanta United Defeats Columbus Crew 4-2 in Game 2

November 7, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Atlanta United FC News Release

Atlanta United's Giorgos Giakoumakis
Atlanta United's Giorgos Giakoumakis
(Atlanta United FC)

ATLANTA - Four players scored to lift Atlanta United to a dominant 4-2 win over the Columbus Crew in Game 2 of Round One of the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs Tuesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Giorgos Giakoumakis, Xande Silva, Edwin Mosquera and Thiago Almada each scored to set a club record for most goals in a playoff match as it forced a decisive Game 3. Atlanta will travel to Field in Columbus for Game 3 on Sunday, Nov. 12 with a spot in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on the line (7 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass, 92.9 The Game, SiriusXM, La Mejor).

Atlanta took control of the match midway through the first half and found the go-ahead goal in the 38th minute through MLS' 2023 Newcomer of the Year, Giakoumakis. After a spell of possession in Columbus' half, Matheus Rossetto found Brooks Lennon making a run down the right side. He lofted a cross into the center of the box where Giakoumakis thunderously headed the ball down into the right side of the goal.

Columbus, however, responded with an equalizer in the 45th minute. Atlanta turned the ball over in midfield and Steven Moreira quickly played a pass to Diego Rossi. The Uruguayan dribbled towards goal and found Cucho Hernandez inside the box where he took one touch before firing a shot inside the near post to level the match.

Atlanta wasted little time in restoring it's lead as Silva scored deep in stoppage time. Lennon played Saba Lobjanidze down the right flank where he settled the ball before passing to Giakoumakis in the center of the box. Giakoumakis played Silva's overlapping run down the left wing where he one-timed a shot into the roof of the net.

Edwin Mosquera checked into the match in the 80th minute and made an immediate impact, scoring three minutes later. Mosquera received a throw-in near the halfway line, split a pair of defenders and dribbled by a third before laying a pass off near the edge of the penalty area for Giakoumakis. The Greek striker one-timed a pass back to Mosquera and the Colombian rifled a shot into the upper left corner to set the score at 3-1.

Almada iced the match in the 88th minute with his first playoff goal. Caleb Wiley received a pass near midfield and found Almada in-stride down the left wing with plenty of space ahead. The 2023 MLS Young Player of the Year was behind Columbus' backline and sprinted towards goal. As Patrick Schulte came off his line to close the angle, Almada chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to make it a 4-1 game.

Columbus' Max Arftsen pulled one goal back in the 95th minute from a corner kick. Yaw Yeboah delivered a bouncing ball towards the penalty spot where Arftsen took a shot first time which snuck in the far side of the goal.

Match Summary


Shots: 14-11 Atlanta

Shots on target: 7-4 Atlanta

Corner kicks: 5-0 Columbus

Fouls Committed: 9-8 Atlanta

xG: 2.37 - 1.37 Atlanta

Possession: 51-49 Atlanta

Passing accuracy: 89-85 Columbus


ATL - Giorgos Giakoumakis (Lennon, Rossetto) 38'

CLB - Cucho Hernandez (Rossi, Moreira) 45'

ATL - Xande Silva (Giakoumakis, Lobjanidze) 45+4'

ATL - Edwin Mosquera (Giakoumakis) 83'

ATL - Thiago Almada (Caleb Wiley) 88'

CLB - Max Arftsen (Yaw Yeboah) 90+5'


ATL - Giorgos Giakoumakis (yellow) 18'

CLB - Cucho Hernandez (yellow) 41'

ATL - Xande Silva (yellow) 45+4'


Giorgos Giakoumakis, Xande Silva, Edwin Mosquera and Thiago Almada each scored their first MLS playoff goal

Giakoumakis set a club record with three goal contributions (one goal, two assists) in a playoff match

Atlanta's four goals set a club record for most in a playoff match

Matheus Rossetto, Saba Lobjanidze and Caleb Wiley each recorded their first assist in a playoff match

Brooks Lennon recorded his second career assist in the playoffs

Attendance: 41,850


GK: Brad Guzan (c)

D: Brooks Lennon

D: Miles Robinson

D: Luis Abram

D: Caleb Wiley

M: Matheus Rossetto (Jay Fortune - 57')

M: Tristan Muyumba

M: Thiago Almada (Juanjo Purata - 90+3')

M: Saba Lobjanidze (Tyler Wolff - 80')

F: Xande Silva (Edwin Mosquera - 80')

F: Giorgos Giakoumakis (Jamal Thiare - 90+3')

Substitutes not used:

Quentin Westberg

Ronald Hernandez

Ozzie Alonso

Amar Sejdic


GK: Patrick Schulte

D: Rudy Camacho

D: Julian Gressel (Mohamed Farsi - 80')

D: Malte Almudsen

D: Steven Moreira

M: Darlington Nagbe (c)

M: Aidan Morris (Christian Ramirez - 80' Jacen Russell-Rowe - 90+1')

M: Sean Zawadzki (Yaw Yeboah - 64')

M: Alexandru Matan (Max Arftsen - 90+1')

F: Cucho Hernández

F: Diego Rossi

Substitutes not used:

Kevin Molino

Yevhen Cheberko

Evan Bush

Jimmy Medranda


Chris Penso (referee), Cameron Blanchard(assistant), Jeremy Hanson (assistant), Pierre-Luc Lauziere (fourth), Geoff Gamble (VAR), Mike Kampmeinert (AVAR).

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Atlanta United's Giorgos Giakoumakis
Atlanta United's Giorgos Giakoumakis


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