Atlanta United fell to expansion side Nashville SC after a 4-2 thriller (?) at Nissan Stadium, with Atlanta’s goals coming from veteran Jeff Larentowicz and academy product George Bello.
#ATLUTD’s Starting XI vs @NashvilleSC pic.twitter.com/QzpZW1eSPp— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 12, 2020
Time to battle.— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) September 12, 2020
Here's tonight's Starting XI vs. Atlanta United. #EveryoneN #NSHvATL pic.twitter.com/N8eSdM88ib
Nashville forward Dominique Badji scored in the opening minute.
Hope you weren't late getting to your TV. @dbadji14's first in Gold in the first minute. #EveryoneN #NSHvATL pic.twitter.com/EN30RGGNyZ— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) September 13, 2020
Nashville nearly extended their lead over Atlanta in the 10th minute, but captain Jeff Larentowicz nullified the attack.
JEFF LARENTOWICZ IS STILL THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD— Dirty South Soccer (@DirtySouthSoc) September 13, 2020
Jeff remembered what it was like to win, got tired of losing, and decided to score (with help from Barco).
Off the set piece!— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 13, 2020
Ezequiel Barco connects with Jeff Larentowicz for the #ATLUTD equalizer. #NSHvATL pic.twitter.com/QhRNfE1ffH
Nashville DP Hany Mukhtar scored Nashville’s second after a sloppy, shoot-your-self-in-the-foot giveaway in the 29th minute.
Mukhtar's moment.— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) September 13, 2020
Hany Mukhtar gets his first in @MLS to give us the 2-1 lead. #EveryoneN #NSHvATL pic.twitter.com/iJw5jc2vDE
Another shoot-your-self-in-the-foot giveaway sequence happened ten minutes before halftime, courtesy of Brooks Lennon and ball watching in Atlanta’s penalty area.
Dan Lovitz put 'em in a blender, @DaxMcCarty11 put it in the back of the net. #EveryoneN #NSHvATL pic.twitter.com/seLhCW4gEC— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) September 13, 2020
Nashville, an expansion team, put the fourth past Atlanta in the 56th minute.
It's a goal party and @abudanladi9 is invited.— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) September 13, 2020
It's 4-1 Nashville. #EveryoneN #NSHvATL pic.twitter.com/gwjsSMJSPM
Adam Jahn, a winger that is definitely not a striker, set up George Bello to give Atlanta a lifeline in the 61st minute.
George Bello goal! ⚽️@jurgendammr25 ➡️ @AdamJahn14 ➡️ @_georgebello to pull one back for #ATLUTD. #NSHvATL pic.twitter.com/F2Rg5sx1U3— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 13, 2020
- It’s incredibly frustrating to see goals conceded in the manner that Atlanta conceded tonight. Nashville’s second and third goals came from mistakes that are shocking to see at this level. Atlanta did itself no favors, and Nashville punished Atlanta for their mistakes.
- This team needs a rest, and luckily Atlanta will have a week to rest and prepare for Atlanta’s next match.
Man of the Match
Jackson Popkin for creating this #content.
https://t.co/Ozbr3TbFwF pic.twitter.com/mKEY2vhinC— Dirty South Soccer (@DirtySouthSoc) September 13, 2020
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https://t.co/CKdPuxkd1O pic.twitter.com/WDZH1C8ZoZ— David McFarland (@DavidMC_Soccer) September 13, 2020
MLS recently released the next slate of matches, and Atlanta will face off against Miami once more on Saturday, Sept. 19th (7:00 p.m. kickoff).