LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 17, 2021) – Atlanta United 2 fell 2-0 to Louisville City FC Saturday night at Lynn Family Stadium. Amadou Macky Diop recorded his first start of the season, while Atlanta United Academy player Noah Cobb started in his first professional game at the age of 15.
After splitting possession and trading shots, both clubs pushed forward to jump on the scoreboard in the closing minutes of the first half. Louisville’s strongest opportunity came in the 41st minute when Cameron Lancaster headed a ball on frame just a yard away from the goal line, but Rocco Ríos Novo made the reaction save. A few minutes later in stoppage time, Atlanta’s best look came when Caleb Wiley drove in a cross to Macky Diop in the six-yard box, where the forward was able to make contact with his left foot, but his shot was too high.
Louisville opened the second half with a goal in the 54th minute, when Kyle Grieg threaded a pass to Napo Matsoso in the box and the forward buried a one-time shot into the far side netting of the goal. James McLaughlin doubled Louisville’s lead in the 63rd minute when he fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and it ricocheted off the crossbar and into goal.
ATL UTD 2 (3-6-5, 14 points) will return to action against FC Tulsa on July 28 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Atlanta 0, Louisville 2
Lynn Family Stadium
Shots: 11-6 Louisville
Shots on Target: 5-0 Louisville
Corner kicks: 3-3
Fouls committed: 20-15 Louisville
Offside: 3-2 Louisville
Possession: 52-48 Louisville
Passing Accuracy: 76-75 Louisville
LOU – Napo Matsoso (Kyle Grieg) 54’
LOU – Jame McLaughlin (Alexis Souahy) 63’
ATL – Caleb Wiley (yellow) 34’
LOU – Napo Matsoso (yellow) 73’
LOU – Kyle Grieg (yellow) 82’
LOU – Jorge Gonzalez Asensi (yellow) 89’
ATL – Aiden McFadden (yellow) 90’
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Rocco Ríos Novo; Bryce Washington, Bradley Kamdem Fewo ©, Caleb Wiley, Aiden McFadden; Noah Cobb (Jonantan Villal – 61’), Robbie Mertz, Ajani Fortune, Matías Benítez (Alexander Garuba – 80’); Connor Stanley, Amadou Macky Diop (Darwin Matheus – 45’)
Substitutes not used: Vincente Reyes, Chris Allan
LOU CITY STARTING LINEUP
Chris Hubbard; Sean Totsch, Wesley Charpie (Pat McMahon – 58’), Joshua Wynder (Alexis Souahy – 57’), Tyler Gibson; Napo Matsoso, Paolo Del Piccolo © (George Davis IV – 75’), Niall McCabe; Akil Watts (Jorge Gonzalez Asensi – 81’), Cameron Lancaster (Kyle Greig – 45+3’), James McLaughlin (Antoine Hoppenot – 75’)
Substitutes not used: Parker Siegfried
Gerald Flores, (referee), Matthew Rodman, (assistant), Chris Schurfranz, (assistant), Seun Yinka-Kehinde, (fourth official)
- At the age of 15, Noah Cobb started in his first professional game.
- Amadou Macky Diop started in his first match of the season after being injured for the beginning 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.