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Atlanta United Wins 3-1 against Charleston Battery in Fourth Round of U.S. Open Cup

June 13, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Atlanta United FC News Release

KENNESAW, Ga. - Brandon Vazquez scored two goals in extra time to lift Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory against Charleston Battery in the Fourth Round of the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Thursday night.

The Battery opened the scoring in the 20th minute. AJ Paterson won a tackle on the left side of the penalty area and quickly found Ian Svantesson at the top of the box where the forward one-timed a shot into the bottom right corner.

Atlanta produced several close chances to equalize including in the 53rd minute when Pity Martinez dribbled by a defender on the left side and squared a ball for Romario Williams. The Jamaican one-timed a shot from inside the six-yard box, but had his attempt collected by Breno. Martinez continued to pressure Charleston's goal and in the 71st minute had a free kick saved by a diving Breno and in the 75th had a blistering shot saved for a corner, which was ultimately cleared.

Atlanta equalized in the 78th minute on a play that began with a give-and-go between Shea and Justin Meram on the left side. Meram sent a cross into the middle of the box where Martinez one-timed a shot that took a deflection and went out for a corner. Martinez delivered the corner kick to the back post for Miles Robinson who headed it back across goal where Williams poked the ball across the line to tie the match.

After neither team found a game-winner in regulation, the match went into extra time. Martinez passed to Meram at the top of the 18-yard box where the Iraqi international quickly found Vazquez near the penalty area. In his first appearance for the First Team this season, Vazquez took a touch around Breno and passed the ball into the net in the 110th minute.

Vazquez extended Atlanta's lead in the 121st minute. Martinez played Meram down the left side where he sent a low cross to the back post for Vazquez to one-time a shot into the bottom right corner.

Atlanta will face Columbus Crew in the Round of 16 at MAPFRE Stadium Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. EST. Atlanta's next MLS Regular Season match is Wednesday, June 26 against Toronto FC at BMO Field (8:00 p.m. EST, FOX Sports South, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game).


Atlanta United 3, Charleston Battery 1

Fifth Third Bank Stadium

Kennesaw, Georgia


Shots: 34-10 Atlanta

Shots on Target: 12-4 Atlanta

Corner kicks: 17-1 Atlanta

Fouls committed: 15-14 Charleston

Clearances: 45-15 Charleston

Offside: 4-3 Atlanta

Possession: 71-29 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 88-70 Atlanta


CHS - Ian Svantesson 20' (AJ Paterson) [HIGHLIGHT]

ATL - Romario Williams 79' (Miles Robinson, Pity Martinez) [HIGHLIGHT]

ATL - Brandon Vazquez 110' (Justin Meram) [HIGHLIGHT]

ATL - Brandon Vazquez 120+1' (Justin Meram) [HIGHLIGHT]


ATL - Jeff Larentowicz 17' (yellow)

ATL - Pity Martinez 73' (yellow)

CHS - Jay Bolt 90' (yellow)

ATL - Romario Williams 98' (yellow)

CHS - Kotaro Higashi 116' (yellow)


Alec Kann; Brek Shea, Florentin Pogba (Eric Remedi - 59'), Miles Robinson, Franco Escobar (Michael Parkhurst - 105'); Darlington Nagbe, Jeff Larentowicz ©; Andrew Carleton (Brandon Vazquez - 74'), Dion Pereira (Justin Meram - 58'), Pity Martinez, Romario Williams.

Substitutes not used: Brendan Moore, Mikey Ambrose, Gordon Wild.


Phil Breno; Kyle Nelson, Taylor Mueller ©, Jarad van Schaik; Nicholas Rittmeyer, Vincenzo Candela, Kierron Mason (Angelo Kelly-Rosales - 10'), A.J. Paterson (Kotaro Higashi - 63'); Dante Marini, Romario Piggott (Nicque Daley - 90'), Ian Svantesson (Arthur Bosua - 81').

Substitutes not used: Tah Anung, Joe Kuzminsky, Jay Bolt.


Kevin Broadley (referee), Khadime Sabara (assistant), Zach Mcwhorter (assistant), Wilmer Soriano (fourth)


Atlanta United improves to 4-0 in games played at Fifth Third Bank Stadium (3-0 Open Cup, 1-0 CCL)

Vazquez first appearance for ATL UTD this season

Vazquez now has 4 goals in Open Cup play, the most of any ATL UTD player

Romario Williams scored his 2nd Open Cup goal for ATL UTD

Justin Meram recorded two assists, the most assists for an ATL UTD player in team's Open Cup history

Atlanta United attempted 34 shots tonight, the most in an Open Cup match in team history

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