Atlanta United 2 picked up a 1-1 draw against the Charleston Battery on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Amadou Macky Diop scored for the second consecutive match.
Both teams went on the attack in the opening minutes, with Macky Diop having the best Atlanta chance in the eighth minute. Amir Bashti played a nice cross from the left that Macky Diop connected with six yards from goal, but his header went just over the bar.
Later in the half, Baboucarr Njie tried a curling effort from 25 yards out that went inches over the bar. Phillip Goodrum had another good opportunity right before the break when a Coleman Gannon cross fell to him at the top of the box, but his left-footed shot whistled by the left post. The match remained scoreless heading into halftime.
The second half opened with Ben Lundgaard making a couple of diving saves to keep Charleston off the scoreboard. The breakthrough for ATL UTD 2 came in the 67th minute. Goodrum chipped a beautiful pass over the Charleston backline to an open Macky Diop. The striker took a touch and hit a low right-footed shot into the bottom left corner from the top of the box to give Atlanta the 1-0 lead.
The lead lasted until the final attack of the match. Charleston’s Mauro Cichero scored from six yards out after Nicque Daley redirected a cross into his path in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
ATL UTD 2 (1-3-2, 5 points) returns to action Saturday, Aug. 8 when they travel to Birmingham Legion FC (7:30 p.m., ESPN+).
Atlanta 1, Charleston 1
Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Shots: 13-7 Charleston
Shots on Target: 4-1 Charleston
Corner kicks: 2-0 Charleston
Fouls committed: 15-15
Offside: 4-0 Atlanta
Possession: 52-48 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 79-78 Charleston
ATL – Macky Diop 67’ (Goodrum) [HIGHLIGHT]
CHS – Cichero 90+4’ (Daley)
ATL – Modou Jadama (yellow) 27’
ATL – Coleman Gannon (yellow) 36’
CHS – AJ Paterson (yellow) 38’
CHS – Leland Archer (yellow) 45’
ATL – Phillip Goodrum (yellow) 73’
CHS – Angelo Kelly (yellow) 86’
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Ben Lundgaard; Caleb Wiley, Modou Jadama ©, Garrison Tubbs (Patrick Nielsen 46’); Jack Gurr, Baboucarr Njie (David Mejia 63’), William Reilly (Abdoulaye Diop 46’), Coleman Gannon, Amir Bashti (Ajani Fortune 74’); Phillip Goodrum, Amadou Macky Diop (Daniel Steedman 83’).
Substitutes not used: Vicente Reyes, Lamin Jawneh.
CHARLESTON BATTERY STARTING LINEUP
Phil Breno; Kyle Nelson, Leland Archer, Rennico Clarke (Zeiko Lewis 73’), AJ Paterson (Jay Bolt 63’); Romario Piggott (Dante Marini 83’), Robbie Crawford ©, Kierron Mason (Angelo Kelly 63’), Stavros Zarokostas; Mauro Cichero, Arthur Bosua (Nicque Daley 73’).
Substitutes not used: Paul Lewis, Logan Gdula.
Chris Ruska (referee), Ben Rigel (assistant), Christopher Kloc (assistant), Kyle Johnston (fourth)
- Amadou Macky Diop scored his third goal of the season
- Phillip Goodrum picked up his second assist of the year
- Patrick Nielsen made his professional and club debut