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Najem's Two Second-Half Goals Rally Memphis 901 FC to Three Points

August 28, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Memphis 901 FC News Release

Josh Morton of Memphis 901 FC (right) vs. Atlanta United 2
Josh Morton of Memphis 901 FC (right) vs. Atlanta United 2
(Memphis 901 FC, Credit: Atlanta United 2)

KENNESAW, Georgia - Adam Najem scored the equalizer in the 79th minute and then the game-winner in the 83rd minute to help Memphis 901 FC pick up a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Atlanta United 2 Wednesday night in Kennesaw, Ga.

Najem first took a beautiful pass from Josh Morton in the middle of the box and used a couple of dribbles before depositing Memphis' opening goal of the night, and just four minutes later he knocked home a rebound off the Atlanta keeper to put 901 FC ahead for good.

The two-goal performance was the first by a Memphis (5-13-7, 22 pts) player since Brandon Allen against New York Red Bulls II on July 20. The victory snapped 901 FC's three-match losing streak, and Memphis jumped two teams in the USL Championship Eastern Conference standings with the triumph.

Memphis now has eight multi-goal performances in its last 19 matches and is 6-0-2 when doing so. 901 FC had only two multi-goal performances in its first 10 matches of the season and did not win either match.

Atlanta (5-15-5, 20 pts) scored first in the 37th minute on a penalty kick, but after that the 901 FC defense buckled down and limited Atlanta's chances down the stretch. Atlanta had 10 shots in the match but only two on-target, while seven of Memphis' 15 shots were on-frame.

901 FC had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Elliot Collier came on as a sub in the 60th minute, marking his first appearance since July 20 after an injury.

901 FC stays on the road for a Monday night match at Charleston Battery at 5:00 (CT) to make up a game postponed earlier this season. Memphis' next match in Downtown Memphis is Saturday, Sept. 7 against Swope Park Rangers.

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Memphis 901 FC Starting XI

1 (GK) Jeff Caldwell, 22 (D) Wes Charpie, 32 (D) Liam Doyle, 8 (D) Marc Burch (c), 26 (D) Josh Morton, 27 (M) Cam Lindley, 6 (M) Dan Metzger, 30 (M) Marcus Epps, 10 (M) Adam Najem, 11 (F) Lagos Kunga, 29 (F) Brandon Allen

Subs: 17 (D) Ewan Grandison, 31 (M) Pierre Da Silva, 23 (M) Leston Paul, 9 (F) Luca Uccello, 25 (GK) Jim Barkei, 28 (F) Jochen Graf, 18 (F) Elliot Collier

Substitutions: 60' Elliot Collier on, Lagos Kunga off... 86' Leston Paul on, Adam Najem off... 89' Jochen Graf on, Brandon Allen off

Atlanta United 2 Starting XI

24 (GK) Dylan Castanheira, 22 (D) Mikey Ambrose, 42 (D) Garrison Tubbs, 2 (D) Tyler Ruthven, 6 (D) Laurence Wyke, 12 (M) Mohammed Adams, 4 (M) Jack Metcalf (c), 7 (M) Luiz Fernando, 32 (M) Kevin Kratz, 29 (M) Bienvenue Kanakimana, 19 (F) Brandon Vazquez

Subs: 5 (D) Wesly Decas, 14 (F) Jackson Conway, 39 (M) William Reilly, 1 (GK) Paul Christensen, 21 (D) George Bello, 15 (D) Jose Hernandez, 35 (F) Patrick Okonwo

Substitutions: 60' George Bello on, Mikey Ambrose off... 69' William Reilly on, Bienvenue Kanakimana off... 84' Jackson Conway on, Kevin Kratz off

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Josh Morton of Memphis 901 FC (right) vs. Atlanta United 2
Josh Morton of Memphis 901 FC (right) vs. Atlanta United 2

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