KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 29, 2021) – Atlanta United 2 played to a 1-1 draw against Louisville City FC in its final home match of the season at Fifth Third Bank Stadium Wednesday night. Josh Bauer scored his first professional goal while Aiden McFadden recorded his third assist of the season.
Atlanta jumped out to a quick start and saw the first opportunity on goal in the first minute. Darwin Matheus played a ball over the top to David Mejia, and the Academy product tried to curl a shot to the back post, but it went wide.
Atlanta eventually broke through in the 40th minute from a free kick won by Bradley Kamdem Fewo on the left flank, near the edge of the box. McFadden served a bending ball into the far post, where Bauer volleyed it first-time into goal.
Rocco Ríos Novo came up with a crucial reaction save to deny a header from Sean Totsch in the 43rd minute. However, LouCity leveled the game in the 51st minute from a corner kick. Niall McCabe played the ball in to the back post, where Cameron Lancaster buried the ball with a header.
McFadden nearly found the game winner in stoppage time. The Pennsylvania native gained possession from a blocked shot at the top of the 18 and set up his left foot to curl a shot to the upper-left corner, but the goalkeeper made the save to keep the game even.
ATL UTD 2 (7-12-9, 30 points) will return to action against Indy Eleven on Oct. 2 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium (ESPN+, 7:00 p.m. ET).
Atlanta 1, Louisville 1
Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Shots: 19-17 Louisville
Shots on Target: 6-4 Louisville
Corner kicks: 8-3 Louisville
Fouls committed: 15-10 Louisville
Offside: 5-4 Louisville
Possession: 54-46 Louisville
Passing Accuracy: 82-82
ATL – Josh Bauer (Aiden McFadden) 40’
LOU – Cameron Lancaster (Niall McCabe) 51’
ATL – Phillip Goodrum (yellow) 31’
LOU – Jonathan Gomez (yellow) 60’
LOU – George Davis IV (yellow) 84’
LOU – Paulo DelPiccolo (yellow) 87’
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Rocco Ríos Novo; Aiden McFadden, Noah Cobb, Josh Bauer, Bradley Kamdem Fewo ©; Robbie Mertz, Phillip Goodrum (Connor Stanley – 67’), Abdoulaye Diop, David Mejia; Darwin Matheus (Matías Benítez – 78’), Amadou Macky Diop (Alexander Garuba – 90’)
Substitutes not used: Vincente Reyes, Nigel Prince, Mathieu Brick, Ajani Fortune
LOUISVILLE CITY FC STARTING LINEUP
Chris Hubbard; Jonathan Gomez, Sean Totsch, Alexis Souahy, Pat McMahon; Niall McCabe ©, James McLaughlin (Oscar Jimenez – 45'), Corben Bone (George Davis IV – 72’); Brian Ownby (Antoine Hoppenot – 65’), Cameron Lancaster (Kyle Greig – 65’), Napo Matsoso (Paolo DelPiccolo – 45’)
Substitutes not used: Akil Watts, Parker Siegfried
JC Griggs, (referee), Truman Berghall, (assistant), Austin Holt, (assistant), Kyle Johnston, (fourth official)
- Josh Bauer scores his first professional goal.
- Aiden McFadden records his third assist of the season.
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 Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.