ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The dream of the home team Atlanta United 2 FC to get back to their winning ways at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Saturday night did materialize as planned.
The home team United 2 FC fell to the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies 0-2.
Tampa Bay opened the match with a goal in the second minute.
Steevan Dos Santos served in a ball that was initially saved by Rocco Ríos Novo, but Sebastian Guenzatti was there to clean up the rebound at the near post to put the Rowdies ahead.
United 2 FC eventually found its footing by building out of the back and keeping possession. Darwin Matheus had an opportunity to level the game in the 19th minute when Erik López slipped the Venezuelan behind the backline.
However, Matheus took a heavy touch and had to slide to get a shot off, which went over the bar.
United 2 FC hopes to get back to their feet when they host the dangerous Birmingham Legion FC on Sept. 22 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET).

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.