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Match Preview: Atlanta United 2 vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

Atlanta United 2 returns to action on Saturday, June 2 when it faces Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be streamed live on ESPN+.

An early goal for North Carolina FC set the tone in a 4-0 loss for ATL UTD 2 at WakeMed Soccer Park Friday, May 25. Atlanta created several scoring chances, but could not put together the final product and allowed a pair of goals in each half to drop its second-straight match. ATL UTD 2 has two away matches remaining in its current four-match road swing before returning home for back-to-back games at Coolray Field June 13 and 16 against Charlotte and Ottawa.

Tampa Bay Rowdies claimed its first victory under new Head Coach Neill Collins as they took a 4-2 victory against Toronto FC II on Saturday, May 26 at BMO Field. Junior Flemmings and Michael Nanchoff scored 80 seconds apart in the 24th and 25th minutes to put Tampa Bay ahead 2-0, but Toronto rallied in the second half with scores from Dante Campbell and Malik Johnson. However, the Rowdies sealed the road win with two more goals as Hunter Gorskie scored a header in the 73rd minute to give Tampa a one-goal lead and Flemmings picked up his second of the night in the 88th minute. The win snapped a five-match road losing streak for the Rowdies.

Tampa Bay holds a 3-0-1 home record and has yet to lose at Al Lang Stadium this season. Saturday’s match marks the first meeting between ATL UTD 2 and the Rowdies.

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