Atlanta United lost 1-0 to FC Cincinnati in its second match of the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The club will continue group play Tuesday, July 21 against Columbus Crew SC (8:00 p.m., TUDN, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game).

Atlanta United went down to 10 men in the 26th minute when Jake Mulraney was sent off for his second yellow card of the match.

Atlanta continued to control possession playing down a man, and in first half-stoppage time Pity Martínez put his free kick effort on target to force a save from FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton. Edgar Castillo had another opportunity with a left-footed strike from inside the box that Tyton parried away for his second save. 

Ezequiel Barco drew a penalty just before halftime, however referee Victor Rivas went to VAR to rule that an Atlanta player started the play in an offsides position.

Frankie Amaya scored the game’s only goal in the 76th minute, receiving a pass from Adrien Regattin and curling a long-range shot past a diving Brad Guzan.

JJ Williams was also shown a red card in second-half stoppage time.

Atlanta is now 0-2-0 (0 points) in the MLS is Back Tournament. The top two teams in Group E automatically qualify for the knockout rounds, while the top four third-place finishers will also qualify. Atlanta will finish group play against Columbus Crew SC on Tuesday, July 21 (8:00 p.m., TUDN, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game). In regular season play, Atlanta moves to 2-2-0, (6 points).

MLS is Back Tournament | Group E

Atlanta United 0, FC Cincinnati 1

ESPN Wide World of Sports Field 18

Orlando, Florida


Shots: 12-8 CIN

Shots on Target: 3-3

Corner kicks: 5-4 CIN

Fouls committed: 19-12 CIN

Clearances: 15-2 CIN

Offside: 1-0 ATL

Possession: 53-47 CIN

Passing Accuracy: 91-89 ATL            


CIN – Frankie Amaya (Adrien Regattin) 76’


ATL – Jake Mulraney (yellow) 12’

ATL – Jake Mulraney (second yellow, red) 26’

ATL – Ezequiel Barco (yellow) 43’

CIN – Mathieu Deplagne (yellow) 48’

CIN – Frankie Amaya (yellow) 86’

ATL – Franco Escobar (yellow) 88’

ATL – Miles Robinson (yellow) 90+5’

ATL – JJ Williams (red) 90+10’

CIN – Caleb Stanko (yellow)


Brad Guzan ©; Fernando Meza (Anton Walkes 83’) Miles Robinson, Franco Escobar; Jake Mulraney, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Remedi, Brooks Lennon; Ezequiel Barco (Manuel Castro 64’), Gonzalo Martínez (JJ Williams 83’), Adam Jahn (Edgar Castillo 34’, Emerson Hyndman 83’).

Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Brendan Moore, Mo Adams, Jon Gallagher, Matheus Rossetto, Tyler Wolff, Laurence Wyke


Przemyslaw Tyton; Kendall Waston ©, Mathieu Deplagne, Maikel van der Werff (Tom Pettersson 70’), Andrew Gutman; Haris Medunjanin, Frankie Amaya (Fatai Alashe 90+1’), Caleb Stanco; Yuya Kubo, Adrien Regattin (Brandon Vazquez 85’), Joe Gyau (Saad Abdul Salaam 85’)

Substitutes not used: Bobby Edwards, Nick Haglund, Zico Bailey, Spencer Richey, Tommy McCabe, Kekuta Manneh


Victor Rivas (referee), Cameron Blanchard (assistant), Richard Gamache (assistant), Tim Ford (fourth), Fotis Bazakos (VAR)


  • Edgar Castillo and JJ Williams made their first appearances for Atlanta coming on as substitutes
  • Jeff Larentowicz made his 422nd career MLS Regular Season appearance, second most all-time in MLS history among field players
  • Atlanta was shown two red cards in a match for the first time
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