Atlanta United 2 battled back twice to draw 2-2 with Sporting KC II in the final match of the five-game homestand. Coleman Gannon notched his second goal of the season, while Bradley Kamdem Fewo secured his first goal of the season in the second half to help Atlanta earn a point at home. Atlanta still sits in second place in the Central Division with 12 points.
Atlanta patiently kept possession for the majority of the first half. However, SKC II saw the first opportunity of the match in the 9th minute. Amadou Dia served in a corner kick and found Daniel Barbir at the back post, where he volleyed the ball to Ropapa Mensah who hit a one time shot into Alec Kann. Then off the rebound, Enoch Mushagalusa tried to finish the play with a header, but it went over the goal.
Kann’s name was called upon again in the 23rd minute. Rojay Smith sent in a low-driven cross into the box to Mensah, where he tried to slip a one-time shot, but Kann came up with a kick save to keep the game scoreless.
In the 61st minute, SKC II opened the scoring when Mushagalusa dribbled down the left side of the eighteen-yard box, and he cut it back to his right foot and fired a shot into the side netting.
Atlanta found the equalizer in the 67th minute when Connor Stanley earned a free kick. Aiden McFadden played a ball into the six-yard box, where Kamdem Fewo beat the goalkeeper to the ball with his head and the ball found its way across the line. Kansas City responded shortly after with its second goal in the 69th minute. Mushagalusa netted his second of the night after driving the length of the field into the six-yard box where he slipped it past Kann.
With possession deep in the final third, ATL UTD 2 found the equalizer again in the 74th minute. David Mejia played in a driven ball into the box, where it was deflected by a defender to the top of the box, and Gannon buried a left-footed shot. Atlanta continued to push forward in search of the game winner. In the 85th minute, the best opportunity came when McFadden found an open Mejia in the box, but the 17-year-old placed his shot just wide.
ATL UTD 2 (3-2-3, 12 points) will return to action against Memphis 901 FC, June 16 at AutoZone Park (ESPN+, 8:30 p.m. ET).
Atlanta 2, Kansas City 2
Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Shots: 13-8 Kansas City
Shots on Target: 6-4 Kansas City
Corner kicks: 6-3 Kansas City
Fouls committed: 16-12 Kansas City
Offside: 9-0 Atlanta
Possession: 58-42 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 86-75 Atlanta
SKC – Enoch Mushagalusa (Ropapa Mensah) 61’
ATL – Bradley Kamdem Fewo 67’
SKC – Enoch Mushagalusa (Amadou Dia) 69’
ATL – Coleman Gannon 74’
SKC – Jacob Davis (yellow) 47’
ATL – Efrain Morales (yellow) 58’
ATL – Robbie Mertz (yellow) 80’
SKC – Amadou Dia (yellow) 82’
SKC – Kayden Pierre (yellow) 87’
ATL UTD 2 STARTING LINEUP
Alec Kann; Efrain Morakes (Will Reilly – 60’), Bradley Kamdem Fewo ©, Josh Bauer, Caleb Wiley; Aiden McFadden, Chris Allan, Darwin Matheus , Robbie Mertz; Connor Stanley (David Mejia – 72’), Matías Benítez
Substitutes not used: Rocco Ríos Novo, Alexander Garuba, Ajani Fortune, Bryce Washington
SPORTING KC II STARTING LINEUP
Gavin Krenecki; Kayden Pierre, Aljaz Dzankic, Danny Barbir, Amadou Dia; Petar Cuic (Jayin Van Deventer – 27’; Jahon Rad – 86’), Christian Duke, Jake Davis, Rojay Smith; Ropapa Mensah (Domnik Resetar – 77’), Enoch Mushgalusa
Substitutes not used: Max Trejo, Osvaldo Cisneros, Matt Constant, Michel Lenis, Jahon Rad
Natalie Simon (referee), Tyler Wyrostek, (assistant), Austin Holt, (assistant), Joshua Belk
- Coleman Gannon secured his second goal of the season.
- Bradley Kamdem Fewo scored his first goal since 2017.
- Jack Collison is 1-0-1 as the ATL UTD 2 coach.
- Atlanta still holds the second spot in the Central Division with 12 points.
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.