Atlanta United blows lead, ties 2-2 with Nashville SC

Two late goals by Nashville SC prevented the Five Stripes from earning a win, tying 2-2 Saturday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Two goals by Many Mukhtar in a span of four minutes helped Nashville rescue a point in a match that seemed to be in favor of the Five Stripes.

Late in the second half, Many Mukhtar scored for Nashville in the 81st minute after being assisted by Daniel Lovitz.

Two minutes later after breaking the shutout, Mukhtar once again was able to score for Nashville and tied the match at two-goals apiece for the team from Tennessee.

A goal by Marcelino Moreno and Erik Lopez in each half, gave Atlanta an early 2-0 lead. With the tie, Atlanta now has 10 points out of a possible 21 and it sits towards the middle of the standings in the Eastern Conference.

In the first half, Atlanta began the match with a fast-paced tempo and quickly posed a threat to Nashville. After just six minutes of action, Moreno was able to place the ball into the back of the net after an assist by Miles Robinson, his first in a MLS match.

United continued to dominate possession of the ball but fell short of extending its lead. Nashville, who began the match off to a slow start, started to build some confidence as play continued but only manage to finish the first half with one shot on goal.

Later on, six minutes into the second half, Lopez found the back of the net in a play where George Bello and Moreno were given credit for the assist. This was Lopez first goal with the Five Stripes and at the time, it extended United’s lead to 2-0.

Atlanta will now enjoy a break, as international competitions around the globe will begin. United is slated to play its next match on June 20 against the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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