Atlanta United 2 fell 4-0 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium on Saturday evening.
Pittsburgh took the lead in the 20th minute. Daniel Rovira hoisted a high lob into the right side of the Atlanta box and on to the foot of Hugh Alexander Dixon. The forward took his first touch, before turning and placing the ball into the path of Dane Kelly. The most prolific goal scorer in USL Championship history, Kelly fired it first time over Vicente Reyes to take the 1-0 lead for Riverhounds.
The hosts doubled their advantage in the 29th minute. A Pittsburgh free kick over the top found Nathan Dossantos in space on the left flank and the defender fired in a low cross to Luis Argudo, whose first-time effort from close range found the back of the net.
Kelly scored his second goal of the night in the 56th minute. Kelly touched a ball down for Kenardo Forbes before darting into the Atlanta box. Forbes played a pass back into the feet of Kelly, with the Jamaican scoring with his left foot.
The fourth goal for Pittsburgh came in the 76th minute. Forbes found Russell Cicerone with an incisive pass from the Riverhound midfield. Cicerone ran into the penalty area before opening his hips and curling a right-footed shot past Reyes.
ATL UTD 2 (2-6-0, 6 points) returns to Kennesaw, Georgia on Wednesday, May 4 to take on Louisville City FC in Fifth Third Bank Stadium (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Atlanta 0, Pittsburgh 4
Shots: 17-6 Pittsburgh
Shots on Target: 9-1 Pittsburgh
Corner kicks: 5-4 Pittsburgh
Fouls committed: 10-7 Pittsburgh
Offsides: 5-2 Pittsburgh
Possession: 55-45 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 79.6-79.3 Pittsburgh
PIT – Dane Kelly 20’ (Hugh Alexander Dixon)
PIT – Luis Argudo 29’ (Nathan Dossantos)
PIT – Dane Kelly 56’ (Kenardo Forbes)
PIT – Russell Cicerone 76’ (Kenardo Forbes)
PIT – Daniel Griffin 25’ (yellow)
ATL – Aiden McFadden 37’ (yellow)
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Vicente Reyes; Grant Howard (Jonantan Villal – 46’), Bryce Washington, Nelson Orji, Mikey Ambrose; Brendan Lambe (Erik Centeno – 46’), Aiden McFadden, Robbie Mertz ©; David Mejía (Luke Brennan – 62’), Darwin Matheus (Alan Carleton – 68’), Nick Firmino (Emenike – 79’).
Substitutes not used: Dagoberto Romero, Efrain Morales.
PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS STARTING LINEUP
Jahmali Waite; Mekeil Williams, Nathan Dossantos (Luke Biasi – 73’), Shane Wiedt; Daniel Griffin (Marc Ybarra – 85’), Daniel Rovira, Luis Argudo (Russell Cicerone – 62’), Jelani Peters; Hugh Alexander Dixon (Angelo Kelly-Rosales – 62’), Dane Kelly (Wyatt Borso – 62’), Kenardo Forbes ©.
Substitutes not used: Kevin Silva, Arturo Osuna.
Kevin Fikar (referee), Stephen Milhoan (assistant), Noah Matos (assistant), Gary Gutierrez (fourth official)