Atlanta United 2 gave up a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to OKC Energy at Fifth-Third Bank Stadium on Sunday. The result moves Atlanta United 2’s record to 3-4-3 and leaves head coach Jack Collison’s team 8th in the Central Division. The 2’s now have one win in their last five matches.
#ATLUTD2's Starting XI vs @EnergyFC pic.twitter.com/ySvBYQOZSJ— ATL UTD 2 (@atlutd2) June 27, 2021
@robcoronado3 is . Rest of the team is unchanged from the midweek win.— Energy FC (@EnergyFC) June 27, 2021
This is also your one-hour reminder to get to @socialcapitalok for the watch party!#FullyCharged | #ATLvOKC pic.twitter.com/zrNOlktwnQ
Atlanta United 2 got their first well worked chance of the night less than five minute into the match. Robbie Mertz, who wore the captain’s armband on Sunday, was ultimately denied by OKC keeper CJ Cochran.
This guy is in top form @CarlJr7 | #ATLvOKC pic.twitter.com/SZl325mS2H— Energy FC (@EnergyFC) June 27, 2021
Robbie Mertz popped up with the ball in OKC’s penalty area a few times in the first half, but couldn't find the back of the net.
Atlanta United 2 scored its first and only goal of the night four minutes into the second half. Mertz played a perfectly weighted through ball into the path of Matias Benitez, who powered the ball into the roof of the net past the OKC keeper.
No. 1️⃣9️⃣ putting it away with conviction #UniteAndConquer | #ATLvOKC pic.twitter.com/kE2w7RxgRh— ATL UTD 2 (@atlutd2) June 28, 2021
Atlanta United 2 continued to put the pressure on OKC, taking another well worked shot in the penalty area just two minutes after.
Rocco Rios Novo, a name some Atlanta United fans may have forgotten about since the beginning of the first team’s season, made a solid save in the 55th minute to keep Atlanta ahead of OKC.
Still fighting @lopez_frank16 | #ATLvOKC pic.twitter.com/XKvEByeXfq— Energy FC (@EnergyFC) June 28, 2021
In the 60th minute, Benitez won a free kick right outside the OKC penalty area (that
probably definitely was inside the OKC penalty area).
So for that free kick Atlanta earned at the ‘edge’ of the box, here is where it happened. pic.twitter.com/BFMqioTuh4— Jarrett Smith (@Jarrett_Smith) June 28, 2021
Despite center referee Jervis Atagana’s errant call, Benitez nearly whipped in his free kick attempt but was denied by the crossbar.
60' | Matías Benítez rattling the bar, just inches away from his second #ATLUTD2 1-0 @EnergyFC pic.twitter.com/WFurWPpvyg— ATL UTD 2 (@atlutd2) June 28, 2021
Rios Novo made another save in the 70th minute, but the ball rebounded straight to the unmarked substitute, Tucker Stephenson, who punished Atlanta’s defensive mistakes to make it 1-1.
A great time for your first goal of the season, @YABOI_TUCK!#FullyCharged | #ATLvOKC pic.twitter.com/SKGjpzwgea— Energy FC (@EnergyFC) June 28, 2021
OKC continued to put pressure on the 2s, which culminated in Connor Donavan connecting with Robert Coronado’s free kick in the 78th minute to put OKC up 2-1 over Atlanta United 2.
.@robcoronado3 with the dime and @Con_don_20 isn't missing from there!#FullyCharged | #ATLvOKC pic.twitter.com/we1bZAKq0c— Energy FC (@EnergyFC) June 28, 2021
Riso Novo came up big in the 82nd minute with a strong, left-handed save off another set piece move from OKC to keep Atlanta in the match, but the 2s couldn’t claw a point away from its Central Division opponents.
82’ | Rocco Ríos Novo with a strong hand to keep us in it.— ATL UTD 2 (@atlutd2) June 28, 2021
#ATLUTD2 1-2 @EnergyFC pic.twitter.com/mi6QcZpEao
The 2s will travel to Alabama to face off against Central Division leaders Birmingham Legion on Wednesday. The 2’s have already played the Legion once this season, falling 1-0 at Fifth-Third Bank Stadium.