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Gameday Report: September 25, Week 30

By USLChampionship.com, 09/25/19, 9:45PM EDT

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ATL UTD 2 stuns Indy Eleven; Tulsa wins late against San Antonio FC

Three games were scheduled across the Championship on Wednesday night, beginning with ATL UTD 2's home contest against Indy Eleven at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. After trading goals in the first half, the hosts found what they needed from midfielder Andrew Carleton, who netted the game's winner just after the hour mark. Elsewhere, Loudoun United FC defeated Swope Park Rangers, 4-1, at Segra Field behind a hat trick from forward Gordon Wild. Scoring his team's first and second goal, Wild put the icing on the cake a few minutes before full time from the penalty spot. To end the evening, Tulsa Roughnecks FC found a late winner against San Antonio FC to cap off a seven-goal thriller that saw the hosts come out on top, 4-3. Level at three apiece after a weather restart in the 80th minute, Tulsa's Fredlin Mompremier netted the winner after 87 minutes to finish a dramatic evening at ONEOK Field.

tulsa roughnecks fc (4) v san antonio fc (3)

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC found late magic against San Antonio FC when it produced a late winner to cap off a wild 4-3 win at ONEOK Field. It only took the hosts two minutes to go ahead as midfielder Cristhian Altamirano danced around the edge of the box on the left side before whipping in a cross that met the head of forward Tobenna Uzo, who headed in from close range. Building on that early energy, Tulsa quickly added a second four minutes later when midfielder Marlon finished off a nifty move that ended with midfielder Rodrigo da Costa feeding the Brazilian for his goal. Mounting a comeback, though, San Antonio scored its first goal in the 12th minute when forward Brian Gómez led midfielder Rafael Castillo toward the endline where Castillo flipped an effort across goal, beating Tulsa goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar. 13 minutes later, Castillo tallied his second goal of the night with a free kick on the right-hand side of the field that caught Stajduhar out with its precision. Turning the game on its head in the 30th minute, San Antonio then took the lead through forward Walter Restrepo, whose tidy footwork inside the box led to him rifling an effort past Stajduhar from close in. However, just before the end of the half, San Antonio captain Michael Lahoud was whistled for a foul inside his own box, yielding an opportunity from the spot to the hosts. Stepping up to take, Altamirano sent San Antonio FC goalkeeper Matt Cardone the wrong way to convert the chance and level the score at three. Still tied deep into the second half, the match was temporarily suspended due to inclement weather in the 80th minute, leaving both teams 10 minutes after the restart to find a winner. After the restart, it was Tulsa who took advantage when it found the game-winning goal in the 87th minute. Again proving provider, Rodrigo da Costa slid a pass in for substitute Fredlin Mompremier, who pushed an effort past Cardone to earn the win and cap off a wild evening.

USL Championship Man of the Match

Rodrigo da Costa, Tulsa Roughnecks FC – Da Costa was the provider of two goals while creating five chances in total and completing just over 80 percent of his passes in 90 minutes of action.

Loudoun United FC (4) v Swope Park Rangers (1)

LEESBURG, Va. – Loudoun United FC officially eliminated the Swope Park Rangers from a chance at the 2019 Championship Playoffs with an impressive 4-1 win over the visitors at Segra Field. It was an early start for the hosts, who went in front after just 10 minutes thanks to a Gordon Wild free kick that painted the top corner on its way past Swope Park goalkeeper Max Trejo and in. A converted penalty by Swope Park forward Wilson Harris in the 37th minute brought his side level, but Wild produced another brilliant individual effort against a pair of defenders six minutes later, swerving in and out inside the box before unleashing an effort to the far post and in to restore his team’s lead. Loudoun kept that lead through the halftime break and would eventually add their third after 68 minutes when Trejo could not effectively clear a Loudoun set piece, leaving substitute Theodore Ku-Dipietro to sweep a rebounded effort over the line to double the hosts’ lead. Then, in the 85th minute, Wild got the put a cherry on top of his performance by converting a spot kick for Loudoun that saw him complete his hat-trick and ensure a comfortable victory for his side.

USL Championship Man of the Match

Gordon Wild, Loudoun United FC – Wild’s three-goal performance was the difference maker for Loudoun, with the forward also completing 90 percent of his passes and creating an impactful five chances in the win. 

Atlanta United 2 (2) v Indy Eleven (1)

KENNESAW, Ga. – ATL UTD 2 earned a major win over Eastern Conference contenders Indy Eleven at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Wednesday thanks to a pair of goals from George Campbell and Andrew Carleton. The hosts jumped out in front after 24 minutes when a corner kick from Mikey Ambrose found Campbell in the center of the 18-yard box, and the defender’s powerful header just snuck past Indy goalkeeper Evan Newton. However, Indy found a way back in 12 minutes later when a set piece from midfielder Ayoze resulted in a ball headed toward ATL UTD 2 goalkeeper Brendan Moore, but the netminder spilled the effort and allowed Indy defender Paddy Barrett to tap-in an effort from a few yards out to equalize. Level through the halftime break, the hosts would restore their lead after 61 minutes when forward Luiz Fernando played in midfielder Andrew Carleton, and the talented young player nutmegged an Indy Eleven defender on his way toward goal before firing a low effort to the far post and in. Luiz Fernando would end up testing Newton twice more in the game’s final half hour but was denied a goal as ATL UTD 2 held onto their lead for a narrow win.

USL Championship Man of the Match

Andrew Carleton, ATL UTD 2 – Carleton was everywhere for ATL UTD 2, adding on two chances created, 10 of 15 duels won, and a pass completion percentage just shy of 89 percent on top of his game-winning goal in the second half.

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