Atlanta United 2 fought back to earn a draw against the defending USL champions Louisville City FC 1-1 Saturday night in front of 4,135 fans at Coolray Field. Seventeen-year-old homegrown Andrew Carleton converted a 90th minute penalty kick to equalize and allow ATL UTD 2 to remain unbeaten this season.
“For a lot of us, we’re a very young team so I thought we handled it well,” said Carleton. “Playing against the best team in the league and going down 1-0 in the second half is not easy to be able to battle back so I thought we responded really well and fought hard.”
Louisville produced more chances in the early going, outshooting Atlanta 14-2 in the first half. Nico Caraux, however, saved all three shots on frame during the first 45 minutes to keep Louisville at bay as both sides entered halftime in a scoreless tie. Caraux finished with a season-high six saves.
Atlanta adjusted in the second half and nearly took the lead in the 57th minute after Louisville conceded a penalty. Carleton flicked a backheel pass into the 18-yard box where Devon Sandoval ran on to the loose ball and was brought down. Carleton took the attempt, but his shot missed high.
Louisville regained momentum and broke the deadlock in the 66th minute. After a turnover in Atlanta’s defensive area, Devon Williams gathered the loose ball and passed it to Cameron Lancaster. He took one touch before firing a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner, passed a diving Caraux to give Louisville a 1-0 lead.
ATL UTD 2 pushed for an equalizer and got its chance in the final minute of the match when Carleton drew a foul in the penalty area. In his second opportunity, Carleton buried his attempt low and to the left. It marked Carleton’s first professional goal of his career.
ATL UTD 2 (1-0-3, 6 points) returns to action Tuesday, April 24 against Charleston Battery at 7:00 p.m. at Coolray Field. The match will be streamed live on ESPN+.
Atlanta 1, Louisville City FC 1
Shots: 6-21 Louisville
Corner kicks: 3-10 Louisville
Fouls committed: 8-14 Louisville
Saves: 6-0 Atlanta
Offside: 1-6 Louisville
LOU – Cameron Lancaster (Devon Williams) 66’
ATL – Andrew Carleton (penalty) 90’
LOU – Sean Totsch (yellow) 44’
ATL – Oliver Shannon (yellow) 51’
LOU – Devon Williams (yellow) 84’
LOU – Brian Ownby (yellow) 90’
ATLANTA UNITED 2 STARTING LINEUP
Nicolas Caraux; George Bello (Shawn Nicklaw – 59’), AJ Cochran, Jack Metcalf ©, Miles Robinson; Oliver Shannon, Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin; Yosef Samuel, Jon Gallagher (Jose Carranza – 73’), Devon Sandoval (Lagos Kunga –67’).
Substitutes not used: Paul Christensen, Kendall Edwards, Andrew Kendall-Moullin, Jackson Conway.
LOUISVILLE CITY FC STARTING LINEUP
Gregory Ranjitsingh; Paco Craig, Sean Totsch, Kyle Smith; Devon Williams, Oscar Jimenez (George Davis IV –81’), Alexis Souahy, Paolo DelPiccolo; Ilija Ilic (Magnus Rasmussen – 63’), Cameron Lancaster; Niall McCabe (Brian Ownby – 74’).
Substitutes not used: Luke Spencer, Chris Hubbard, Tim Dobrowolski.
Elvis Osmanovic (referee), Jon Skinner (assistant), Kevin Huet (assistant), Amin Hadzic (fourth).
- Andrew Carleton made his club debut and scored his first professional goal
- Nico Caraux recorded a season-high six saves
- Devon Sandoval made his first start of the season
- ATL UTD extended its unbeaten streak to four matches
ABOUT ATL UTD 2
ATL UTD 2 is owned and operated by AMB Sports & Entertainment and is the United Soccer League (USL) affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United. ATL UTD 2 joined USL for its expansion 2018 season and plays its home matches at Gwinnett County’s Coolray Field.