ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The dream of Atlanta United 2 to end their three-game losing streak on the road at home and in front of its fans has ended in a nightmare on May 4. The home suffered a 0-4 demolition at the hands of the visiting Louisville City FC at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia.
The visitor was simply a team on a mission as they beat the host team convincingly. The visitor started the scoring early in the fifth minute and continued until the final buzzer sounded. One bright spot for the home team happened in the 28th minute as the team almost scored a goal when Erik Centeno found Darwin Matheus with a cross into Louisville’s six-yard box. Matheus’ header forced a diving save out of Louisville goalkeeper Kyle Morton.
Last April 23, the visiting United 2 fell to the home team Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 4-0 at Highmark Stadium. Last April 16, United 2 also fell to the home team, Indy Eleven, 1-2. United 2 striker Jackson Conway scored the lone goal for the team in their defeat. Before their loss on the road, the team suffered a tough 0-4 home defeat at the hands of Detroit City FC at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, GA, last April 9. United 2 is hoping to have a great USL Championship campaign this year since it is their last appearance in the league.
According to reports, United 2 will transfer to the Major League Soccer NEXT Pro in 2023. The new league aims to create an “integrated player pathway from MLS NEXT through to MLS first teams” by serving as a bridge from the Academies to the professional system. The league is scheduled to debut in March 2022.