Atlanta United 2 defeated Louisville City FC 1-0 Sunday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Aiden McFadden recorded the lone goal, while Alec Kann earned the shutout in the win over Louisville. Jack Collison secured his first win in his first match as head coach for ATL UTD 2.
Atlanta created some great opportunities early on in the match. Connor Stanley earned a foul in the 19th minute. McFadden stepped up and served in a ball to the near post, where Chris Allan attempted to flick it past Chris Hubbard, but it went wide.
Atlanta found twine for the match’s lone goal in the 27th minute. Caleb Wiley gained possession about 35 yards out on the left flank. The 16-year-old served in a curling ball to a crashing McFadden, where he made a diving effort to redirect the ball into the back of the net.
Louisville began to push forward in the second half in search of the equalizer. In the 71st minute, Louisville had a strong opportunity, when Corbin Bone served a ball into the six-yard box to Kyle Greig, who tried to get the ball on goal by way of a back heel flick. However, McFadden was there to clear it off the line.
In the 80th minute, the referee deemed that there was hand ball in the box and pointed to the penalty spot. Niall McCabe stepped up to take the penalty. Louisville’s McCabe shot low to the keeper’s right, and Kann made the initial save with a strong right hand. The forward tried to clean up his rebound with a one-time riffle, but Kann denied McCabe again. Kann had seven saves on eight shots on goal en route to his first shutout of the season.
ATL UTD 2 (3-2-2, 11 points) will return to action against Sporting KC II, June 9 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET).
Atlanta 1, Louisville 0
Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Shots: 24-6 Louisville
Shots on Target: 8-2 Louisville
Corner kicks: 4-2 Louisville
Fouls committed: 18-15 Atlanta
Offside: 5-0 Atlanta
Possession: 60-40 Louisville
Passing Accuracy: 78-70 Louisville
ATL – Aiden McFadden (Caleb Wiley) 26’
ATL – Robbie Mertz (yellow) 17’
ATL – David Mejia (yellow) 31’
ATL – Connor Stanley (yellow) 44’
LOU – Kyle Greig (yellow) 56’
ATL – Chris Allan (yellow) 67’
ATL – Matías Benítez (yellow) 78’
ATL – Ajani Fortune (yellow) 90+6’
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Alec Kann; Aiden McFadden, Bradley Kamdem Fewo ©, Josh Bauer, Caleb Wiley; Chris Allan, Tyler Wolff, Will Reilly (Ajani Fortune – 76’), Robbie Mertz (Efrain Morales – 87’); Connor Stanley, Matías Benítez (Alex Garuba – 87’), David Mejia (Darwin Matheus – 57’)
Substitutes not used: Rocco Ríos Novo
LOUISVILLE CITY FC STARTING LINEUP
Chris Hubbard; Napo Matsoso (Tyler Gibson – 77’), Sean Totsch, Pat McMahon, Alexis Souhay; Brian Ownby (Wesley Charpie – 45’), Paolo DelPiccolo©, Niall McCabe, Antoine Hoppenot (James McLaughlin – 71’), Corben Bone; Kyle Greig
Substitutes not used: Akil Watts, Sebastian Sanchez, Parker Siegfried, George Davis IV
Chris Ruska (referee), Ben Rigel, (assistant), Jeremy Smith, (assistant), Madzid Coric (fourth).
- Jack Collison recorded his first win in his managerial debut Sunday night.
- Aiden McFadden scored his fifth goal of the season.
- Caleb Wiley secured his first assist of the season.
- Alec Kann earned the shutout, which was his first 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.