Atlanta United 2 fell 4-0 to USL Championship newcomers Detroit City Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Nelson Orji made his first appearance for Atlanta, while Cristiano Bruletti and Emenike Nwogu made their professional debuts.

A set piece opened the scoring for Detroit City in the 23rd minute, as Devon Amoo-Mensah headed a Maxi Rodriguez free kick across Justin Garces’ six-yard box. Captain Stephen Carroll toe-poked Amoo-Mensah’s cross from close distance to take the 1-0 advantage for the visitors.

Rhys Williams gained possession of a loose ball on the right side of Atlanta’s box, putting in a cross for Antoine Hoppenot to head past Garces and double Detroit’s lead in the 33rd minute.

Detroit City made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute after Matt Lewis sent a ball up the right touchline, which Hoppenot flicked on for Pato Botello Faz with his backheel. Botello Faz ran into the box and converted the opportunity from six yards out with his right boot.

Jonantan Villal almost scored his first professional goal in the 60th minute, as the 16-year-old rattled the goal post with a curling effort from 20 yards out.

Substitute Michael Bryant scored Detroit City’s fourth and final goal inside the Atlanta box, touching down a Deklan Wynne cross before finding the back of the net in the 78th minute.

Two Atlanta players would be sent off before the final whistle, Darwin Matheus for dissent in the 79th minute and Nigel Prince with a sliding challenge in the 86th.

ATL UTD 2 (2-4-0, 6 points) travels to Indianapolis, Indiana to take on Indy Eleven in IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET).


Atlanta 0, Detroit City 4

Fifth Third Bank Stadium

Kennesaw, Georgia


Shots: 14-7 Detroit

Shots on Target: 5-0 Detroit

Corner kicks: 5-2 Detroit

Fouls committed: 10-6 Atlanta

Offsides: 3-3

Possession: 51.2-48.8 Atlanta

Passing Accuracy: 84.5-79.7 Atlanta


DET – Stephen Carroll 23’ (Devon Amoo-Mensah, Maxi Rodriguez)

DET – Antoine Hoppenot 33’ (Rhys Williams)

DET – Pato Botello Faz 42’ (Antoine Hoppenot, Matt Lewis)

DET – Michael Bryant 78’ (Deklan Wynne)


ATL – Robbie Mertz 48’ (yellow)

ATL – David Mejía 57’ (yellow)

ATL – Mikey Ambrose 77’ (yellow)

ATL – Darwin Matheus 79’ (red)

ATL – Nigel Prince 86’ (red)


Justin Garces; Erik Centeno (Cristiano Bruletti – 74’), Bryce Washington (Nelson Orji – 64’), Mikey Ambrose, Aidan McFadden; Brendan Lambe (Grant Howard – 46’), Nick Firmino (Nigel Prince – 81’), Robbie Mertz ©; Jonantan Villal (Emenike Nwogu – 81’), David Mejía, Darwin Matheus

Substitutes not used: Dagoberto Romero


Nate Steinwascher; Matthew Lewis, Stephen Carroll ©, Devon Amoo-Mensah; Rhys Williams (Michael Bryant 72’), Brad Dunwell, Maxi Rodriguez, Deklan Wynne; Antoine Hoppenot (Bosh Tanyi – 83’), Pato Botello Faz (Francis Atuahene – 72’), Connor Rutz (Abdoulaye Diop – 81’)

Substitutes not used: Ryan Shellow

Detroit City Double Sub 72nd minute

IN - No. 12 Michael Bryant, OUT No. 2 Rhys Williams

IN - No. 9 Francis Atuahene, OUT No. 19 Patricio Botello Faz

OFFICIALSJordan Gray (referee), Walt Heatherly (assistant), Austin Holt (assistant), Kyle Johnston (fourth official)



  • Nelson Orji made his ATL UTD 2 debut
  • Cristiano Bruletti made his professional debut
  • Emenike Nwogu made his professional debut
  • Bryce Washington made his first start of the season