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RECAP: Atlanta United 2 Torches New York Red Bulls II, 5-3

With the top two playoffs spots in Group F already clinched, by Pittsburgh and Harford, the 2020 USL Championship season was reduced to nothing more than a series of glorified training match as the New York Red Bulls II arrive at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

However, They would be on the wrong end of a high-scoring affair, as Jackson Conway scored a brace, and Amir Bashti had a goal and an assist as Atlanta United 2 handed the Red Bulls their second straight loss, 5-3.

In a wild and back-and-forth first half, Atlanta took a two-goal lead with a pair of goals three minutes apart. Conway notched the first in the 17th minute as Bashti found Phillip Goodrum in space on the right, and his cross was headed home by Conway into the right corner of the net.

Bashti then added the second in the 20th minute as Jack Gurr stretched delivered the ball to the attacking midfielder in the penalty area, and Bashti turned onto his left foot as he controlled and fired home from close to the penalty spot.

New York then struck back quickly as Kenan Hot picked up possession in the Atlanta half and played a beautiful lifted ball into the penalty area that Dantouma Toure fired home on the volley into the right corner of the net 21st minute.

In the 28th minute, the Red Bulls leveled the match as Caden Clark fired a low shot from the top of the penalty area parried by Atlanta goalkeeper Vicente Reyes, only for Jake LaCava to tuck home the rebound.

But then, Atlanta added a fifth goal in the 80th minute as Bashti delivered a cross that took a deflection at the near post that took it away from goalkeeper Alex Bobocea, who off-balance could only palm the ball into the middle of the penalty area.

David Mejia was there to clean up the play with a diving header that found its way past the covering defenders.

The Red Bulls were able to pull a goal back in the 83rd minute as Samad Bounthong rifled home a finish from the top of the penalty area off the underside of the crossbar and in. Still, there was to be no comeback from the visitors as Atlanta picked up the three points.


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