Generation adidas Cup qualifying started over the weekend and Atlanta United announced their presence with a strong undefeated weekend. Wins over Philadelphia and D.C. were followed up by a penalty shootout win over the New York Red Bulls to place United solidly at the top of the East Region qualifying standings.
In both of their wins, Atlanta fell behind in the first half and came back strong. On Friday, they conceded on a free kick early in the match against the Union. Will Crain leveled the score on a penalty, Saul Tinoco scored twice, and then Jackson Conway did this:
Not a bad exclamation point on a 4-1 win, huh?
On Saturday, they against went down after conceding a first half goal. Newly signed Homegrown Player Chris Goslin started the comeback with a free kick goal and had a hand in James Brighton’s goal to take the lead. Natnael McDonald and Zyen Jones also scored to complete the 4-1 victory.
Monday’s game against the Red Bulls was a defensive battle that finished scoreless. In Generation adidas Cup play, tied games are decided by a penalty shootout with the winning team gaining a bonus point in the standings. It went eight rounds, but Atlanta ended up victorious after Liam Butts converted the winning kick.
Academy manager and U16 head coach Tony Annan said:
“Great results for our first time playing at this level, we did not play at our best but we played well as a team and managed to take over each game and created and took our chances very well. It's a tough competition and we handled the pressure very well.”
The U12’s won both of their games over the weekend against AFC Lightning. The U13, U14, and U18 teams were off over the weekend.
This Saturday, October 15, all of Atlanta United’s academy teams will face off with long time Atlanta youth power Concorde Fire. Here’s the schedule:
- U12: 9:00 a.m. at KSU Marietta
- U13: 2:30 p.m. at KSU Marietta
- U14: 12:00 p.m. at KSU Marietta
- U16: 2:30 p.m. at Pace Academy’s Riverview Athletic Complex
- U18: 12:00 p.m. at Pace Academy’s Riverview Athletic Complex