OKLAHOMA CITY – Phillip Goodrum scored the only goal of the game as Atlanta United 2 handed OKC Energy FC its second consecutive defeat to start the season in a 1-0 win for the visitors at Taft Stadium on Saturday night.
The sides exchanged half-chances in the first half, but three minutes after the break Energy FC created the first big opportunity of the contest as a free kick by Robert Coronado on the right found Conor Donovan for a close-range header that Atlanta goalkeeper Rocco Rios Novo smothered. Villyan Bijev then tried a creative back-heeled effort that slid just wide of the left post before Arun Basuljevic scuffed a shot wide in the 55th minute.
Atlanta grabbed the lead seven minutes later as William Reilly slipped Goodrum in-between defenders centrally with a clever pass, allowing the forward to shoot low past the advancing goalkeeper into the net. OKC looked to respond late on, and Donovan again threatened with a header off a set piece that hit the crossbar with seven minutes to go. That was as close as the hosts came to an equalizer, though, as Atlanta held on for victory.
USLChampionship.com Man of the Match
George Campbell, Atlanta United 2 – Campbell put in a stellar display defensively, winning 11 of 13 duels while making five clearances and nine recoveries and completing 58 of 67 passes.
ATL – Philip Goodrum (William Reilly) 62’