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Atlanta United Earns 1-1 Draw at D.C. United

September 20, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Atlanta United FC News Release


ATLANTA - Atlanta United played D.C. United to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night at Audi Field. Saba Lobjanidze scored his third goal of the season and Tyler Wolff recorded his first assist of the year.

Atlanta was on the front foot from the opening whistle and nearly scored in the third minute. Tristan Muyumba worked the ball to the right wing to Lobjanidze where the Georgian winger sent a cross towards the penalty spot. Giorgos Giakoumakis met the ball with a spinning volley, however his attempt bounced off the left post. A couple of minutes later, Lobjanidze found space down the right flank and cut inside on his left foot but his shot went straight at Alex Bono.

In the 14th minute, Atlanta earned its reward for the good start. The play started when Homegrown Tyler Wolff forced a turnover deep in D.C. United's defensive third on the left flank. The winger looked up and crossed immediately to an open Lobjanidze in the box and the Georgian poked the ball beyond Bono into the bottom left corner for the lead.

Both sides had opportunities to score in the remainder of the half with the best chances falling to D.C. United's Jose Fajardo, however the striker was unable to find the target from close range on back-to-back attacks and Atlanta took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

D.C. United was given a penalty in the 63rd minute after a shot from the top of the box struck Luis Abram's arm. After VAR review, the penalty was waved off due to an offside decision on the initial free kick. In the 80th minute, D.C. United's Gabriel Pirani scored the equalizer. Pirani won the ball in the attacking third and was played into the box by Mateusz Klich. Pirani slotted the ball from 12 yards out into the bottom left corner.

Atlanta United (12-8-10, 46 points) returns to action Saturday, Sept. 23 when it hosts CF Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 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

Stats

Shots: 19-6 D.C.

Shots on target: 4-4

Corner kicks: 3-2 D.C.

Fouls Committed: 13-11 D.C.

xG: 2.0-0.70 D.C.

Possession: 56-44 Atlanta

Passing accuracy: 86-81 Atlanta

Scoring

ATL - Saba Lobjanidze 14' (Wolff)

DC - Gabriel Pirani 80' (Klich, Asad)

Disciplinary

ATL - Jay Fortune 61'

ATL - Edwin Mosquera 77'

DC - Christian Benteke 81'

DC- Yamil Asad 88'

ATL - Xande Silva 89' Notes:

Saba Lobjanidze scored his third goal of the season

Tyler Wolff recorded his first assist of the season, and the second of his MLS career.

Jay Fortune made his third start of the season.

Attendance: 15,762

ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP

GK: Brad Guzan (c)

D: Brooks Lennon

D: Miles Robinson

D: Luis Abram

D: Caleb Wiley

M: Jay Fortune (Matheus Rossetto 71')

M: Tristan Muyumba (Juanjo Purata 90')

M: Thiago Almada

M: Saba Lobjanidze (Edwin Mosquera 59')

F: Tyler Wolff (Xande Silva 59')

F: Giorgos Giakoumakis (Machop Chol 90')

Substitutes not used:

Quentin Westberg

Ronald Hernandez

Miguel Berry

Amar Sejdic

D.C. UNITED STARTING LINEUP

GK: Alex Bono

D: Ruan

D: Brendan Hines-Ike

D: Donovan Pines

D: Eric Davis

M: Russell Canouse

M: Chris Durkin (Yamil Asad 62')

M: Mateusz Klich (Cristian Dajome 85')

M: Gabriel Pirani (Erik Hurtado 85')

F: Christian Benteke

F: Jose Fajardo (Ted Ku-DiPietro 62')

Substitutes not used:

Luis Zamudio

Hayden Sargis

Andy Najar

Pedro Santos

Nigel Robertha

OFFICIALS

Lukasz Szpala (referee), Cory Richardson(assistant), Adam Wienckowski (assistant), JC Griggs (fourth), Allen Chapman (VAR), Gjovalin Bori (AVAR).


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