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ATLANTA (June 20, 2017) – Atlanta United returns to action Wednesday night against Eastern Conference opponent D.C. United at RFK Stadium for the second of three matches against D.C. this season. D.C. won the first match 3-1 on April 30. Atlanta enters Wednesday’s contest having scored a league-leading 31 goals and sits one point below the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be televised on FOX Sports South.
Atlanta is coming off a 3-1 win against Columbus Crew SC in a sold-out Bobby Dodd Stadium on June 17. Yamil Asad recorded his league-leading eighth assist when he dispossessed a Crew SC defender and played Tito Villalba to open the scoring in the 16th minute. Columbus tied the match in the 26th minute after a cross into the box fell to Federico Higuaín. Miguel Almirón gave Atlanta the lead in the 67th minute after Leandro González Pirez tackled away the ball from Niko Hansen and played a perfectly-weighted through ball to the Paraguayan who passed the ball into the far-right bottom corner. Josef Martínez ended the scoring in the 88th minute with a tight-angle finish in his return to Bobby Dodd Stadium from a thigh injury.
D.C. fell 2-0 on the road to Toronto FC. With Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley back on the field together for the first time in six weeks, D.C. United was unable to slow the Eastern Conference leaders. Giovinco assisted each goal as Altidore opened the scoring in the 60th minute and Jordan Hamilton scored the second in the 85th minute off a corner kick. D.C. United is winless in its last three league matches.
Wednesday, June 21 | RFK Stadium, Washington D.C. | 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Atlanta United (6-6-3, 21 points) vs. D.C. United (4-8-3, 15 points)
TV: FOX Sports South
Talent: Alan Green (play-by-play), Dan Gargan (analyst) and Brittany Arnold (sideline reporter)
English Radio: 92.9 The Game
Talent: Adam Schick (play-by-play) and Jason Longshore (commentator)
Spanish Radio: La Mejor 1600 AM
Talent: Armando Carillo (play-by-play) and Daniel Cantu (commentator)