Atlanta United 2 fell 2-1 to Indy Eleven at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday evening. Grant Howard recorded his first professional assist, while Nelson Orji made his first start for ATL UTD 2.
Indy opened the scoring after receiving a free kick a yard away from the Atlanta box in the 10th minute. Nicky Law took the set piece opportunity and snuck his shot inside Justin Garces’ left post to give the Eleven a 1-0 advantage in the 12th minute.
Midfielder Nick Firmino sent Howard on a run down the right flank before the defender took the ball to the goal line and whipped a cross into the Indy box. Jackson Conway took the shot on the half-volley, tucking in the equalizer past Elliot Panicco in the 68th minute.
After striking the post twice in the late stages of the game, Indy Eleven would find the winner in the 92nd minute. Law played a one-two to gain entry into the Atlanta box, before cutting back to Aris Briggs for a tap-in goal.
ATL UTD 2 (2-5-0, 6 points) travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 23 to take on Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Highmark Stadium (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET).
Atlanta 1, Indy Eleven 2
Michael A. Carroll Stadium
Shots: 21-7 Indy
Shots on Target: 5-3 Indy
Corner kicks: 8-5 Indy
Fouls committed: 13-11 Atlanta
Offsides: 1-0 Atlanta
Possession: 59.3-40.7 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 80.5-68.5 Atlanta
IND – Nicky Law 12’
ATL – Jackson Conway 68’ (Grant Howard)
IND – Aris Briggs 90+2’ (Nicky Law)
ATL – Nelson Orji 10’ (yellow)
IND – A.J. Cochran 14’ (yellow)
IND – Sam Brown 27’ (yellow)
IND – Jonas Fjeldberg 29’ (yellow)
ATL – Grant Howard 90+5’ (yellow)
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Justin Garces; Aiden McFadden, Bryce Washington, Nelson Orji (Efrain Morales – 75’), Mikey Ambrose; Brendan Lambe, Nick Firmino, Robbie Mertz ©; Eric Centeno (Grant Howard – 64’), Jackson Conway, David Mejía.
Substitutes not used: Vicente Reyes, Dagoberto Romero, Emenike Nwogu, Cristiano Bruletti.
INDY ELEVEN STARTING LINEUP
Elliot Panicco; Bryam Rebellón (Alex McQueen – 79’), Mechack Jérôme, A.J. Cochran ©, Jarred Timmer; Jonas Fjeldberg (Manuel Arteaga – 78’), Sam Brown, Nicky Law, Noah Powder (Ayoze – 78’); Stéfano Pinho (Aris Briggs – 88’), Raul Aguilera Jr.
Substitutes not used: Tim Trilk, Karl Ouimette, Justin Ingram.
Calin Radosav (referee) Eric Burton (assistant), Nicholas Balcer (assistant), Nabil Bensalah (fourth official)
- Grant Howard recorded his first professional assist
- Nelson Orji made his first ATL UTD 2 start