Match Preview, presented by Burnt Hickory Brewery: ATL UTD 2 at Crown Legacy FC


Atlanta United 2 returns to action Sunday, July 9 when it travels to face Crown Legacy FC at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews. The match is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m. EDT and will be streamed live on Apple TV - MLS Season Pass.

In ATL UTD 2's last match on Sunday, June 25, the team came back from a two goal deficit in the second half to defeat NYCFC II 4-2. Nick Firmino scored a brace while Aiden McFadden and Jackson Conway each scored to help the team earn three points at home. Jonantan Villal also added his first two assists of the season.


Sunday, July 9 | Mecklenburg County Sportsplex, Matthews, North Carolina | 5:00 p.m. ET

ATL UTD 2 (6-5-5, 24 points) vs. Crown Legacy FC (11-2-3, 38 points)

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The league leading goal scorer with 10 was awarded MLS NEXT Pro's mid-season MVP award, as well as June's player of the month with five goals and one assist in the month. Before the team's two week break, the Brazilian midfielder made his MLS debut against NYCFC and scored in the 95th minute to earn Atlanta a point in a 2-2 draw at Mercedes Benz Stadium. In his last match for ATL UTD 2, Firmino's brace helped lift Atlanta over NYCFC II in a comeback win. Firmino has scored 10 goals on 42 shots (fourth in the league), with 17 of those shots on target.


In the last meeting between the two clubs, Crown Legacy defeated Atlanta 2-1 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Efraín Morales scored his lone goal of the season off a set piece header from Tyler Wolff. However, a Vinicius Mello goal in the fourth minute and late goal from Markó Filipovic helped seal the victory for Crown Legacy.


Atlanta enters Sunday's match with a 6-5-5-1 (W-L-T-SOW) record, currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and third in the Central Division with 24 points. ATL UTD 2 leads MLS NEXT Pro in duel percentage with 53.1% and tied fifth in passes intercepted (196). Atlanta is tied for ninth in the league with 28 goals and is 24th in shots taken (162). Atlanta has also suffered the most fouls in the league this year with 250. The team is still searching for its first road win of the season (0-3-4-1) as it heads to Matthews, North Carolina. Atlanta is 6-2-1 at home.


Crown Legacy heads into Sunday's match at home with a 11-2-3 record, currently in first place in the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division with 38 points. Charlotte FC's second team is coming off a 2-1 victory on the road against Toronto FC II on Friday, June 30. It holds a 5-0-3 record at home.