ATLANTA, GEORGIA—At Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Wednesday night, Atlanta United 2 lost 1-0 to Indy Eleven. Nash Skoglund, a 16-year-old goalie from the Atlanta United Academy, made six saves in his first career start. In the 23rd minute, Indy took the lead.
An Atlanta defender headed the ball from a corner kick out to the perimeter of the penalty area. Robert Dambrot’s first-time stroke successfully beat Skoglund after he patiently waited for the ball to fall. Darwin Matheus took a deft touch off his head in the 37th minute, fought off the defender, and then delivered a cross into the area.
Tristan Trager’s shot was barely wide despite the millimeter-perfect pass to the back post. On a 65th-minute corner, Toni Tiente had a chance to score his first career goal but headed the ball just over the crossbar. Atlanta never ceased looking for a leveling factor. Luke Brennan moved Raimar’s play area to the opposing wing in the 84th minute.
A shorter cross from the Brazilian was delivered into the box for Nick Firmino, a countryman, who headed just wide of Tim Trilk’s left post. On October 8, ATL UTD 2 (5-22-5, 20 points) will go to Carson, California’s Dignity Health Sports Park, to face LA Galaxy II. ESPN+ at 10:30 p.m.