May 15, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Atlanta United FC News Release
ATLANTA -Atlanta United played New England Revolution to a 2-2 draw in front of 42,516 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Thiago Almada and Luiz Araújo each scored for the second straight match while Atlanta created 18 chances to New England’s 11, however was unable to break a deadlock that lasted the final 30 minutes of the match.
Atlanta almost opened the scoring in the 11th minute after Andrew Gutman earned a free kick on the edge of the New England penalty area. Almada took the set piece, stinging the palms of a diving Matt Turner.
Almada netted the game’s first goal in the 15th minute. Following an Atlanta corner kick, Araújo attempted a cross into the visitor’s box which took a deflection before it was touched down by Almada. The Argentinian midfielder curled a shot to Turner’s left for his second of the 2022 MLS campaign.
New England equalized in the 30th minute through Adam Buksa. Carles Gil made an incisive pass from the left flank to find the Polish striker in Atlanta’s box. Using his left foot, Buksa finished from a tight angle to beat Bobby Shuttleworth.
Buksa took the lead for the Revolution in the 55th minute. Sebastian Lletget found the striker with a pass over the top of the Atlanta back line. Taking his first touch off his chest, Buksa roofed his shot for the brace.
Atlanta’s attacking midfielders manufactured an equalizer in the 63rd minute. With forward play progressing down the right flank for the hosts, Marcelino Moreno worked the ball into the Revolution’s penalty area for Almada, who flicked a pass through the defense to find the run of Araújo. The Brazilian took the shot first time with his right foot, finding the upper left-hand corner of the net.
Atlanta returns to action Saturday, May 21 when it visits Nashville SC at Geodis Park (7:30 p.m. EST, FOX/FOX Deportes, 92.9 The Game, La Mejor).
Atlanta United 2, New England Revolution 2
Shots: 26-14 Atlanta
Shots on target: 5-4 Atlanta
Corner kicks: 10-5 Atlanta
Fouls committed: 10-7 New England
Offside: 2-0 Atlanta
Possession: 56.6-43.4 Atlanta
Passing accuracy: 86.7-83.6 Atlanta
ATL – Thiago Almada 15′ [HIGHLIGHT]
NER – Adam Buksa 30′ (Carles Gil) [HIGHLIGHT)
NER – Adam Buksa 55′ (Sebastian Lletget) [HIGHLIGHT]
ATL – Luiz Araújo 63′ (Thiago Almada, Marcelino Moreno) [HIGHLIGHT]
ATL – Andrew Gutman – 68′ (yellow)
NER – Thomas McNamara 87′ (yellow)
NER – Matthew Polster 90+3′ (yellow)
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Bobby Shuttleworth; Aaron Lennon, Alan Franco, Alex De John, Andrew Gutman; Franco Ibarra, Matheus Rossetto © (Dom Dwyer – 85′); Thiago Almada, Luiz Araújo, Marcelino Moreno; Ronaldo Cisneros (Emerson Hyndman – 71′).
Substitutes not used: Rocco Ríos Novo, Mikey Ambrose, George Campbell, Ronald Hernández, Amar Sejdic, Tyler Wolff, Jackson Conway.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION STARTING LINEUP
Matt Turner; Brandon Bye, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones; Carles Gil ©, Sebastian Lletget (Arnór Traustason – 78′), Matthew Polster, Thomas McNamara (Justin Rennicks – 90+1′), Emmanuel Boateng (Maciel – 63′); Adam Buksa.
Substitutes not used: Omar Gonzalez, Wilfrid Kaptoum, A.J. DeLaGarza, Ryan Spaulding, Damian Rivera, Djordje Petrovic.
Allen Chapman (referee), Adam Garner (assistant), Logan Brown (assistant), Alyssa Nichols (fourth), Jair Marrufo (VAR), Jonathan Johnson (AVAR).
Atlanta attempted 26 shots, which is a new season-high.
Thiago Almada scored his second MLS goal of the season.
Luiz Araújo scored his second MLS goal of the season, his first since the season-opener vs. Sporting Kansas City.
Marcelino Moreno tallied his team-leading fourth assist of the season.
Alex De John made his first MLS start since July 8, 2021
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