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Atlanta United defeats Birmingham Legion FC 3-2

Atlanta United defeated Birmingham Legion FC 3-2 Saturday afternoon at BBVA Field to remain undefeated through its fourth preseason match of 2020. Ezequiel Barco scored his second goal of the preseason, while Matheus Rossetto and Adam Jahn each tallied their first goal with the club. Photos of the match can be found here.

Atlanta owned the majority of the first half and kept Birmingham from attempting a shot. But despite peppering five shots on target, Atlanta didn’t find a breakthrough until the 44th minute from Barco. Pity Martinez created space in the midfield and then played Barco in on goal. Barco then pulled back onto his right foot and unleashed a ball to the far corner, leaving Birmingham goalkeeper Matt VanOekel with little chance of making a save.

Birmingham equalized shortly after halftime from the penalty spot. Laurence Wyke conceded a foul inside the box and Neco Brett stepped up for Legion FC. The Jamaican forward went left, barely beating a diving Brendan Moore.

Jahn gave Atlanta the lead by converting a penalty in the 67th minute. Tyler Wolff drew it after getting taken down in the box by Gabriel Silva. Jahn easily converted to the right, as Legion FC goalkeeper Ford Parker guessed to the wrong side.

Rudolf Mensah equalized in the 80th minute. Countering from a through ball played from Birmingham’s side of the field, Mensah charged in on goal and beat an on-charging Moore. But debutant Rossetto scored the gamewinner in stoppage time, taking a pass from Mo Adams before calmly slotting in.

With the win, Atlanta United moved to 3-0-1 in the 2020 preseason. It travels to Estadio Jalisco for its final preseason match on Tuesday, Feb. 11 against Leones Negros of the Mexican second division. The club will then begin play in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League against FC Motagua on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

 

MATCH INFO 

Atlanta United 3, Birmingham Legion FC 2

BBVA Field

Birmingham, Alabama

 

STATS

Shots: 13-2 Atlanta

Shots on Target: 8-2 Atlanta

Fouls committed: 10-8 Birmingham

                 

SCORING SUMMARY

ATL – Ezequiel Barco (Pity Martinez) 44’

BHM – Neco Brett (penalty) 48’

ATL – Adam Jahn (penalty) 67’

BHM – Rudolf Mensah 80’

ATL – Matheus Rossetto (Mo Adams) 90+2’

 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL – Jake Mulraney (yellow) 51’

 

ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP

Alec Kann (Brendan Moore – HT); George Campbell (Philip Goodrum – 71’), Miles Robinson (Patrick Nielsen – HT), Franco Escobar (Laurence Wyke – HT); Anton Walkes (George Bello – HT, Luiz Fernando – 77’), Jeff Larentowicz (Eric Remedi – HT), Emerson Hyndman (Mo Adams – HT), Brooks Lennon (Jake Mulraney – HT); Pity Martinez (Matheus Rossetto – HT), Josef Martinez (Adam Jahn – HT), Ezequiel Barco (Tyler Wolff – HT).

 

BIRMINGHAM LEGION FC STARTING LINEUP

Matt VanOekel; Bolu Akinyode, Johannes Bergmann, Alex Crognale, Razak Cromwell; Mikey Lopez, Anderson Asiedu, Dillon Serna, Prosper Kasim; Neco Brett, Brian Wright.

  

TEAM NOTES

  • Ezequiel Barco scored his second goal of the preseason. Pity Martinez leads the team with three goals, while Josef Martinez has two.
  • Alec Kann made his second preseason appearance and first start. He kept a first half clean sheet.
  • Brendan Moore made his second career appearance for Atlanta United. He played in a 2019 preseason match against Seattle Sounders FC in Fullerton, California.
  • Matheus Rossetto made his first appearance with the club, coming on as a second half substitute.
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