Loudoun United Falls to Atlanta, 4-2

Loudoun United goalkeeper Calle Brown, a Loudoun County High School grad, recorded five saves in the Aug. 2 loss to Atlanta.  

Loudoun United got on the scoreboard first and keeper Calle Brown recorded five saves during Friday’s rematch with Atlanta United 2, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a three-goal game by Atlanta forward Bienvenue Kanakimana.

         Midfielder Gordon Wild gave Loudoun the early lead, scoring at the 14-minunte mark. It was the first score for the German-born University of Maryland star since joining the D.C. United organization after Atlanta United placed him on waivers last month.

         But that was the end of scoring for the Loudoun team.

         Kanakimana scored two goals over the next 14 minutes, but the game was tied 2-2 at halftime, thanks to an own goal by Atlanta’s Wesly Decas.

         Kanakimana scored his third goal at the 70-minute mark and then Jackson Conway scored again for Atlanta just before the end of regulation.

         “I thought we did well to get the first goal and then later to regain the lead,” said team captain Kyle Murphy. “Unfortunately, we had too many errors that they punished us for. We are still a new team and have to put together a full 90-minute performance to get the consistent results we want and that’s what we are working towards every day.”

         Loudoun United won the first match against Atlanta, 2-1 on June 28. The team is 5-9-4 and in 14thplace in the USL Championship’s Eastern Division. The team next plays Friday in the first game at its new stadium at Bolen Park south of Leesburg.

         “I am looking forward to playing at our new home. We need to be better in the final third and make the right decision whether it’s taking a shot or playing the ball to an open player. Our decision making wasn’t up to standard tonight and we need to clean up our unforced errors,” Murphy said. 

         Friday’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $100 and can be purchased through the team’s website, loudoununitedfc.com.

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