U.S. Soccer

Atlanta United FC vs. Charleston Battery

REPLAY | 3-2 | Fifth Third Bank Stadium (Kennesaw State Univ.); Kennesaw, Ga.

Atlanta United FC (M.L.S.) 3, Charleston Battery (USL) 2
Atlanta United overcame a multitude of obstacles to earn its first Open Cup victory as an M.L.S. club with a 3-2 comeback win against the Charleston Battery. The first was a two hour and 40-minute weather delay prior to kickoff, followed by a Charleston goal three minutes in thanks to a Forrest Lasso header at the end of a long throw in by O’Brian Woodbine. Kevin Kratz provided Atlanta a short-lived burst of momentum in 30th minute when he settled a rebound and blasted a shot past the ‘keeper, but the Battery were quick to counter. Charleston regained the lead 30 seconds later on a driven left-footed shot by Dante Marini, which deflected off Miles Robinson’s foot, who made his Atlanta debut after starting the year on loan with the Battery. United caught a huge break just shy of the half when Woodbine skied a penalty over the bar, keeping Atlanta within striking distance at the break. The expansion side came out strong in the second half, first with a 48th minute header from Josef Martinez, assisted by U.S. youth international Brandon Vázquez, who went on to score a goal of his own in the 72nd minute. Vazquez received a perfect pass across the face of goal from former U.S. Youth National Teamer Mikey Ambrose before emphatically tapping in the game-winning goal.

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