VIDEO: Watch Isaac Atanga’s goal for FC Cincinnati in defeat to Crew
Ghanaian attacker scored his first goal but it was not enough as his side FC Cincinnati fell to Columbus Crew, 3-2, Friday night at Lower.com Field.
Two late goals one minute apart for the hosts sunk the Orange and Blue.
FC Cincinnati dropped to 3-9-8 (17 points) with the loss. Columbus improved to 7-9-6 (27 points).
The Crew’s Lucas Zelarayán’s free kick goal in the 45th minute opened scoring after a first half with a barrage of chances for both sides.
Ronald Matarrita’s first career goal for FC Cincinnati equalized the match deep into first half stoppage time. After a corner kick clearance, the ball found the Costa Rican international all alone outside the 18-yard box. Matarrita’s impressive left footed strike tied the match.
In the 74th minute, Isaac Atanga put the Orange and Blue ahead with his first career goal. Just nine minutes into the match as a substitute, a sensational left footed shot beat Columbus goalkeeper Eloy Room to put FCC up 2-1.
Compatriots Jonathan Mensah and Harrison Afful starred for Columbus Crew for the entire 90 minutes.
Miguel Berry scored a pair of goals just two minutes apart, when he equalized in the 81st minute and then put the hosts ahead in the 82nd minute with goals off deflections to give the match its final scoreline, 3-2.
FC Cincinnati return home Saturday, September 4 to host Inter Miami CF at TQL Stadium.
Isaac Atanga joined the Major League Soccer side in a surprise transfer from Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in March 2021