Atlanta United falls 1-0 at Columbus Crew

Club returns to action against New England on March 9 in home opener

ATLANTA (Feb. 24, 2024) — Atlanta United fell 1-0 to Columbus Crew to open the MLS season Saturday at Field. Stian Gregersen, Derrick Williams and Bartosz Slisz each made their club debuts.
Columbus scored the game’s opening goal in the 27th minute through Cucho Hernandez. Diego Rossi played a cross from the left wing across the face of goal that Brad Guzan deflected, however the ball fell to Hernandez who struck a first-time finish into the net.
After a lengthy VAR review, Columbus was awarded a penalty kick in the 54th minute for a foul on Mohamed Farsi inside the box. Hernandez stepped up to take the penalty kick but Guzan dove to the right to make the save and keep Atlanta within a goal.
Atlanta immediately responded after the save, out-possessing Columbus and continuing to put the Crew back line under pressure. In the 69th minute, Thiago Almada played a dangerous a ball into the box to Saba Lobjanidze who chested it down and laid it off to Giorgos Giakoumakis, however a last-second tackle prevented him from getting a shot on goal.
In the 71st minute, Almada received a pass from Bartosz Slisz in the attacking half and quickly played a through ball behind the Columbus back line to Xande Silva. A Crew defender tackled the ball into the path of Giakoumakis, who had his shot saved by Patrick Schulte.
Gonzalo Pineda made a pair of substitutions in the 81st minute, bringing on Jay Fortune and Tyler Wolff for Tristan Muyumba and Xande Silva as Atlanta continued to push for the equalizer.
Almada nearly leveled the match in the 90th minute, combining with Wolff at the top of the box before unleashing a right-footed strike toward goal that was headed just over the crossbar by a Crew defender.
Atlanta United (0-1-0, 0 points) returns to action Saturday, March 9 when it hosts New England Revolution in the club’s home opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass, 92.9 The Game, La Mejor). All Atlanta United matches are available with an MLS Season Pass subscription, located on the Apple TV app.
Match Summary
StatsShots: 16-6 CLBShots on target: 3-3Corner kicks: 3-2 CLBFouls Committed: 13-8 ATLxG: 2.2-.7 CLBPossession: 50-50Passing accuracy: 90.5-88.2 ATL
ScoringCLB – Hernandez 27′
DisciplinaryATL -Giorgos Giakoumakis 22′ 🟨ATL – Stian Gregersen 53′ 🟨
Notes:Stian Gregersen, Derrick Williams and Bartosz Slisz made their club debuts.Brad Guzan saved his fourth career penalty for Atlanta United.The PK save was the club’s first since March 30, 2019.
Attendance: 20,406
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUPGK: Brad Guzan (c)D: Brooks LennonD: Stian GregersenD: Derrick WilliamsD: Caleb WileyM: Bartosz SliszM: Tristan Muyumba (Jay Fortune – 81′)M: Thiago AlmadaM: Saba LobjanidzeM: Xande Silva (Tyler Wolff – 81′)F: Giorgos Giakoumakis
Substitutes not used:Josh CohenLuis AbramRonald HernandezDax McCartyNoah CobbLuke BrennanNick Firmino
COLUMBUS CREW STARTING LINEUPGK: Patrick SchulteD: Rudy CamachoD: Yaw Yeboah (Steven Moreira – 88′)D: Malte AmundsenD: Mohamed Farsi (Max Arfsten – 51′)M: Darlington Nagbe (c)M: Aidan MorrisM: Sean ZawadskiF: Cucho HernandezF: Diego RossiF: Jacen Russell-Rowe (Alexandru Matan – 75′)
Substitutes not used:Philip QuintonDerrick JonesMarino HinestrozaChristian RamirezYevhen CheberkoEvan Bush
OFFICIALSRafael Bonilla (referee), Albert Escovar (assistant), Derek Guerrier (assistant), Lorant Varga (fourth), Mark Geiger (VAR)