Atlanta United 2 defeats Chicago Fire II 2-0


Atlanta United 2 defeated Chicago Fire II 2-0 Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Nick Firmino scored his second consecutive brace to give Atlanta its second win of the season while the team kept its first clean sheet of the year. Atlanta United Academy player Cooper Sanchez became the youngest player to appear for ATL UTD 2 at 15 years old.

ATL UTD 2 took an early lead, capitalizing on a mistake from the visiting team's keeper in the 10th minute. Jeffrey Gal's clearance found Luke Brennan just outside the box who quickly headed the ball to Firmino for a one touch goal from his left boot inside the box.

Atlanta continued to put pressure on the visitors, consistently pressuring Chicago's goal and nearly doubled the lead when a Firmino header missed wide right in the 23rd minute.

ATL UTD 2 continued to knock on the door with multiple chances to score in the second half and eventually put the game out of reach in the 84th minute when Firmino netted his second goal of match. Erik L贸pez sent a corner kick directly to Firmino's head in the center of the box, deflecting off Gal and into the back of the net for the Brazilian's team-leading fifth goal of the year. It was also L贸pez's second assist of the campaign.

In his fourth start, Vicente Reyes and ATL UTD 2 kept the team's first clean sheet of the season. Chicago created multiple chances throughout the second half, but it was Reyes in goal with seven saves that kept preserved the lead down the stretch.

Chicago failed to put the ball in goal, but was not shy in shot attempts with 21. Chicago Fire II's best chance of the night came in the 60th minute when Luke Prpa dribbled the ball deep into Atlanta's box and fired a shot that bounced off Reyes' chest and eventually was cleared from danger.

Sanchez entered the match for L贸pez in stoppage time of the second half to make his professional debut and become the youngest player ever to play in a match for ATL UTD 2 at 15 years old and 27 days.

ATL UTD 2 returns to action Sunday, April 30 at home against Philadelphia Union II at Fifth Third Bank Stadium (6:00 p.m.,聽 Some ATL UTD 2 matches are available with an聽MLS Season Pass聽subscription, located on the Apple TV app while the remainder of matches are streamed live on聽

Match Summary


Shots: 21-14 Chicago聽

Shots on target: 7-6 Chicago

Corner kicks: 9-5 Atlanta聽

Fouls Committed: 19-15 Chicago

xG: 1.98-1.72 Atlanta聽

Possession: 57 - 43 Chicago聽

Passing accuracy: 82 - 76 Atlanta


ATL - Nick Firmino 10'

ATL - Nick Firmino 84'


ATL - Luke Brennan 45 +1' 馃煥

ATL - Erik Centeno 63' 馃煥

ATL - Nick Firmino 77' 馃煥

CHI - Charlie Ostrem 20' 馃煥

CHI - Omari Glasgow 72' 馃煥


  • Nick Firmino scored two goals and leads the team with five on the season.
  • Cooper Sanchez became the youngest Atlanta United 2 player to make an appearance ever at 15 years and 27 days.
  • Vicente Reyes recorded a season-high seven saves and the team's first clean sheet of the season.