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Atlanta United Falls to FC Cincinnati 1-0

May 16, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Atlanta United FC News Release

Atlanta United's Bartosz Slisz in action
Atlanta United's Bartosz Slisz in action
(Atlanta United FC)

CINCINNATI, Ohio - Atlanta United fell to FC Cincinnati 1-0 Wednesday night at TQL Stadium. An early FC Cincinnati goal was the difference in a tightly contested defensive match.

FC Cincinnati jumped in front early from a broken play in Atlanta's half. Luciano Acosta gathered a loose ball from a blocked shot near the end line and found Kevin Kelsy at the back post. The young Venezuelan striker easily headed in Acosta's cross for a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute.

Minutes later, Atlanta was forced to make a substitution in the 16th minute, bringing on Xande Silva for Thiago Almada, who injured his left calf. The two sides played an even final half hour in the first half with Atlanta getting its best chance from an attempt from Giorgos Giakoumakis in the 34th minute that forced a save from Roman Celentano.

Atlanta made a pair of double substitutions in the second half to bring on fresh legs. Jamal Thiaré and Stian Gregersen, both coming off an injury, came on in the 61st minute. Edwin Mosquera and Tristan Muyumba joined in the 74th minute as Atlanta continued to push to find an equalizing goal.

Atlanta's best chance came from a free kick in the 78th minute. Bartosz Slisz's initial attempt was blocked wide and the ensuing cross found Mosquera, but his attempt sailed wide.

Atlanta United (3-6-3, 12 points) returns to action Saturday, May 18 when it travels to face Nashville SC at Geodis Park (1:30 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: 13-8 CIN

Shots on target: 5-1 CIN

Corner kicks: 7-3 CIN

Fouls Committed: 11-10 CIN

xG: 1.7 - 0.5 CIN

Possession: 51% - 49% ATL

Passing accuracy: 84% - 81% CIN


CIN - Kevin Kelsy (Luciano Acosta) 7'


ATL - Bartosz Slisz 23'

ATL - Giorgos Giakoumakis 74' Notes

Jay Fortune made his first start of the season. It was his fourth start in his MLS career to go along with 21 appearances.

Dax McCarty made his second start of the season and his first since March 23 at Toronto FC.

Jamal Thiare returned from injury and made his first appearance since April 6 at New York City FC.

Attendance: 24,593


GK: Brad Guzan (c)

D: Brooks Lennon

D: Noah Cobb

D: Luis Abram

D: Caleb Wiley

M: Bartosz Slisz

M: Dax McCarty (Tristan Muyumba - 74')

M: Jay Fortune (Stian Gregersen - 61')

M: Thiago Almada (Xande Silva -16') (Edwin Mosquera - 74')

M: Saba Lobjanidze (Jamal Thiare - 61')

F: Giorgos Giakoumakis (Daniel Ríos - 89')

Substitutes not used:

Josh Cohen

Ronald Hernandez


GK: Roman Celentano

D: Yuya Kubo

D: Matt Miazga

D: Miles Robinson (Nick Hagglund - 89')

D: Luca Orellano (Yamil Asad - 90+3')

D: Ian Murphy

M: Obinna Nwobodo (Malik Pinto - 65')

M: Luciano Acosta (c)

M: Pavel Bucha

F: Kevin Kelsy (Sergio Santos - 65')

F: Gerardo Valenzuela (Bret Halsey - 83')

Substitutes not used:

Alec Kann

Kipp Keller

Isaiah Foster

Stiven Jimenez


Ted Unkel (referee), Ryan Graves (assistant), Tyler Wyrostek (assistant), Jon Freemon (fourth), Michael Radchuk (VAR), Joshua Patlak (AVAR)

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Atlanta United's Bartosz Slisz in action
Atlanta United's Bartosz Slisz in action


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