Hamid, Acosta lead D.C. United to come back win in Atlanta

After just nine minutes on Sunday, it looked like it
would be a good day for hosts Atlanta United at Bobby
Dodd Stadium.
D.C. United had other things to say about that, turning
around an early deficit for a 3-1 road victory.
D.C. playmaker Luciano Acosta and goalkeeper Bill
Hamid were key to the victory, which didn’t look like it
would come for the visitors considering how well
Atlanta United started the match.
Atlanta forced Hamid into a pair of tough early saves
before Kenwyne Jones put Atlanta United ahead 1-0,
heading home Yamil Asad’s cross to the top right
corner.
Before Atlanta United could build on that lead, its
defense paid for a big mistake in the 25th minute,
when a Leandro Gonzalez Pirez turnover led to an own
goal after a Lamar Neagle cross struck Michael
Parkhurst and redirected past Alec Kann to tie the
score.
Just after Sebastian Le Toux saw his effort saved by
Alec Kann, Luciano Acosta put D.C. ahead from a left-
footed long-range effort in the 36th-minute.
Atlanta United figured to mount a big push for an
equalizer, but couldn’t find one before Acosta cracked
the Atlanta defense with a perfect through-pass that
sprung Le Toux behind the defense. The French
forward maneuvered past Kann before slotting home
the insurance goal.
Atlanta saw numerous chances go astray late as Hector
Villalba saw two efforts saved by Hamid—who finished
with six saves on the day— while Greg Garza and
Brandon Vazquez missed their efforts.
The draw leaves D.C. United (3-3-2) in a three-way tie
for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with Atlanta
United and the Chicago Fire.
Atlanta United (3-3-2) start a two game road trip on
May 7th against New York City F.C. D.C. United start a
three game home stand a day prior against the
Montreal Impact.


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