Atlanta United began their U.S. Open Cup quest in Charleston, SC as they were supposed to face off against the Charleston Battery, but things did not go to plan that evening as United refused to play on the poor pitch and surface due to obvious injury concerns and other circumstances. Lets be honest, that field, from the images and pictures, looked in a pretty unfit and bad state to play a match on, even for a USL team like Charleston. They should still have average to above average pitch playing conditions and for those reasons the match was rescheduled to be played in Kennesaw where previous Cup games have been hosted. This match though would be played behind closed doors due to this unexpected change, numerous factors would come into play like security, concession and other concerns so there was no time for organizing any of that.
Atlanta and Charleston finally got things underway on Friday as things got off on the wrong foot for the 5-Stripes as Charleston found the opener in the 20th off a goal from Ian Svantesson. Charleston would maintain this lead going into the half and for most of the second half until the 79th minute when Jamaican international Romario Williams found the equalizer and after 90 minutes the result was 1-1 and the match would go into two 15 minute extra time halves. In the 110th minute Brandon Vazquez would score to make it 2-1 for United and then 10 minutes later in the 120th minute Vazquez would double his tally to seal the deal and give Atlanta United the 3-1 victory over the Charleston Battery for the 3rd year in a row in the U.S. Open Cup.
Atlanta’s next opponent in the round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup will be the Columbus Crew. Atlanta look to get past the Crew as United have never made it past the round of 16 in the competition losing previous times to Miami F.C. in 2017 and to the Chicago Fire in 2018 and this year won’t be any easier against the Crew. The match is scheduled for this Wednesday June 19th at 7:00 P.M. at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus and will be available to watch on ESPN+.