Atlanta United’s starting 11 didn’t include Ezequiel Barco, who hasn’t trained since taking a kick from an Orlando player during Wednesday’s game. He was included on the bench. The starting 11 also didn’t include centerback Anton Walkes. The starters were Brad Guzan, Franco Escobar (back from injury), Fernando Meza, Brooks Lennon, George Bello, Mo Adams, Matheus Rossetto, Jurgen Damm, Moreno, Jon Gallagher (in for Barco) and Jahn.
Atlanta United grabbed a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute on a goal by Jahn, assisted by Damm. The play started with Moreno with the ball on the left. He dribbled toward the center of the pitch. Jahn came back and played a one-two with Moreno, who passed the ball across the field to Damm. He took on Andrew Gutman, beat him, and put in a cross to Jahn, who one-timed his shot. It was Jahn’s third goal and Damm’s fourth assist.
“We knew it was a big game,” interim manager Stephen Glass said. “We knew we had to win to stay alive. Did a little work yesterday on finishing. Delighted it comes off in a game.”
Atlanta United increased its lead to 2-0 in the 27th minute on a penalty kick by Moreno.
The penalty was won by Gallagher, who was fouled by Kendall Waston after he was beaten on the dribble. It was Atlanta United’s second goal from a penalty kick in its third attempt this season.
Glass was forced to use one of his five subs when Adams went down with a non-contact injury in the 30th minute. Jeff Larentowicz subbed in. Glass made another change to start the second half with Hyndman on for Rossetto.
Glass brought Barco and Erick Torres in the 63rd minute for Damm and Jahn.
Cincinnati created a few scoring chances but Guzan was equal each time. He finished with four saves.
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