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Road woes continue for Crew SC in 3-1 loss to expansion Atlanta United FC

MATCH RECAP:
Federico Higuain scores his 46th regular-season goal in Black & Gold and seventh goal of the year;
Harrison Afful makes 50th career start for Crew SC and records his first assist of the 2017 MLS regular season

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2017


Columbus Crew SC 1 – Atlanta United FC 3
Bobby Dodd Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY


ATL – Hector Villalba (Yamil Asad) 16’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2tf55Zf]

CLB – Federico Higuain (Ola Kamara, Harrison Afful) 26’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sFAK9e]

ATL – Miguel Almiron (Leandro Gonzalez Pirez) 67’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sCCIpT]

ATL – Josef Martinez (Kevin Kratz) 88’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2rDCfV6]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (7-9-1, 22 points):
Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Saturday, June 24 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com, TSN).

 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2sCpjhD


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2tA3SLh


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2sCSTDu


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2sFEuHG

AUDIO FROM DEFENDER HARRISON AFFUL: http://bit.ly/2sFEuHG


AUDIO FROM FORWARD OLA KAMARA:
http://bit.ly/2sFEuHG


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
Bobby Dodd Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistants: Andrew Bigelow, Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik
Attendance: 44,922
Weather: 76 degrees and partly cloudy

 

GOALS/ASSISTS
ATL – Hector Villalba (Yamil Asad) 16’

CLB – Federico Higuain (Ola Kamara, Harrison Afful) 26’

ATL – Miguel Almiron (Leandro Gonzalez Pirez) 67’

ATL – Josef Martinez (Kevin Kratz) 88’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL – Carlos Carmona (caution) 21’

CLB – Harrison Afful (caution) 53’

ATL – Yamil Asad (caution) 54’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala; Artur (Mohammed Abu 77’), Wil Trapp ©; Ethan Finlay (Niko Hansen 61’), Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn 78’), Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Alex Crognale, Nico Naess, Waylon Francis

Atlanta United FC: Alec Kann; Tyrone Mears, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Greg Garza; Jeff Larentowicz, Carlos Carmona; Julian Gressel (Josef Martinez 63’), Miguel Almiron (Chris McCann 78’), Yamil Asad; Hector Villalba (Kevin Kratz 72’)


Substitutes not used
: Mark Bloom, Miles Robinson, Alex Tambakis, Brandon Vazquez


TEAM NOTES
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With his goal in tonight’s match, Federico Higuain has now scored 46 goals in 139 regular-season appearances (134 starts). Through 16 appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Federico Higuain has scored seven goals and notched five assists. Higuain is behind only Jeff Cunningham (64) and Brian McBride (62) in career regular-season goals scored for Crew SC.

Defender Harrison Afful made his 50th start in 51 regular-season appearances for Crew SC. Afful played 90 minutes, notching an assist and completing 35 passes. Afful’s assist was his first of the 2017 MLS regular season and his sixth career assist for the Black & Gold. Through the 2017 MLS regular season, Afful has made 12 appearances (11 starts) for the Black & Gold.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen made his 50th save of the season in tonight’s match against Atlanta United FC. He recorded four saves in tonight’s match. Steffen has started in all 17 of the Black & Gold’s regular-season matches in 2017, recording 53 saves.

Defender Josh Williams made his 99th start and 111th appearance in MLS regular-season action and is now only one start away from reaching 100 MLS starts. This season, Williams has made eight regular-season appearances (six starts) for the Black & Gold.
Tonight’s match marked the first regular-season meeting between Crew SC and Atlanta United FC. With the loss, the Black & Gold’s record is now 7-3-4 in first regular-season matches against MLS expansion sides. The two sides will face each other again on July 1 when Columbus hosts Atlanta at MAPFRE Stadium. Crew SC now has a record of 7-9-1 in the 2017 MLS regular season.

Next up, Crew SC hosts another Eastern Conference opponent, the Montreal Impact, on Saturday, June 24 at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS