Atlanta United 2 drew The Miami FC 2-2 at FIU Stadium on Saturday. Darwin Matheus scored his third goal of the season in the second half before an own goal from Miami’s Joshua Perez late in the game sealed the draw for ATL UTD 2.
Miami opened the scoring just before the halftime break. After a freekick was taken quickly, Christian Sorto lobbed the ball into the area from the right flank and found the head of an unmarked Callum Chapman-Page for the first goal of the night.
ATL UTD 2 equalized off a moment of brilliance from Matheus. Raimar cut inside from the left and played a through ball to the Venezuelan, whose first touch opened up the Miami defense and Matheus was able to slot the ball past Jake McGuire.
Miami went ahead again in the 70th minute as captain Paco Craig darted through the midfield before playing a through ball to Kyle Murphy in between two Atlanta defenders. Murphy, Miami’s leading goalscorer this season, finessed a strike into the bottom left corner of Vicente Reyes’ goal to regain the lead for the hosts.
In the 81st minute, Atlanta found the equalizer once again with some help from the Miami defense. Midfielder Joshua Perez, in an attempt to make a headed clearance from a corner kick, headed the ball into his own net ensuring the point for ATL UTD 2.
ATL UTD 2 (5-5-21, 20 points) returns to Fifth Third Bank Stadium for the final time in 2022 to play against Indy Eleven on Wednesday, September 28 (7:30 p.m., ESPN+).
Miami FC 2, ATL UTD 2 2
Shots: 20-6 Miami
Shots on Target: 7-2 Miami
Corner kicks: 8-4 Miami
Fouls committed: 17-7 Atlanta
Possession: 57.2-42.8 Miami
Passing Accuracy: 83.9-79.9 Miami
MIA – Callum Chapman-Page 45+1’ (Christian Sorto)
ATL – Darwin Matheus 57’ (Raimar)
MIA – Kyle Murphy 70’ (Paco Craig)
ATL – Joshua Perez (og) 81’ (unassisted)
MIA – Bolu Akinyode 44’ (yellow)
ATL – Nick Firmino 67’ (yellow)
ATL – Alan Carleton 89’ (yellow)
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Vicente Reyes; Bryce Washington (Efrain Morales – 67’), Noah Cobb ©, Nelson Orji; Erik Centeno (Luke Brennan – 77’), Nick Firmino, Toni Tiente, Tristan Trager, Raimar; Jackson Conway (Andrew De Gannes – 90+7’), Darwin Matheus (Alan Carleton – 67’).
Substitutes not used: Nash Skoglund, Emenike Nwogu, David Mejia.
THE MIAMI FC STARTING LINEUP
Jake McGuire; Mark Segbers (Junior Palacios – 79’), Callum Chapman-Page, Paco Craig ©, Aedan Stanley; Speedy Williams, Bolu Akinyode, Christian Sorto (Joshua Perez – 46’), Florian Valot, Joaquin Rivas (Richard Ballard – 72’); Kyle Murphy.
Substitutes not used: Noah Abrams, Luca Antonelli, Dennis Dowouna, Adonijah Reid.
Austin Saini (referee), Jeremy Smith & Diego Lucio (assistants), Gabriele Giusti (fourth official)
- Darwin Matheus scored his third goal of the season
- Raimar recorded his team-leading fifth assist
- Noah Cobb played in his first game as ATL UTD 2 captain