FC Cincinnati 1-1 Atlanta United: Valentino era begins with draw for Five Stripes
Photo: Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports

Atlanta United earned a point in coach Rob Valentino's first match in charge as the Five Stripes came behind to earn a 1-1 draw against FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium.

Luciano Acosta gave the Orange and Blue the lead in the 61st minute before Ronald Hernandez opened his Atlanta United account nine minutes later.

Story of the match

Atlanta had the first chance of the match in the third minute as Jake Mulraney saw his shot from outside the box stopped by Kenneth Vermeer. Marcelino Moreno had a go from long range, but it crept just over the crossbar.

Brenner looked to test the Atlanta goal, but fired wide after getting space inside the scoring area. The Orange and Blue were guilty of some sloppy play as Jackson Conway forced a giveaway and nearly doubled the lead in the 22nd minute if not for a fine save from Vermeer.

Alec Kann robbed Acosta from point-blank range moments later and he was called into action again in the 28th minute as he robbed Isaac Atanga. 

Mulraney tried his luck with a diving header from a cross from Hernandez, but he missed and Conway had a free header, but fired just over. In the second half Moreno blasted one from long-range that Vermeer handled.

The Orange and Blue should have taken the lead in the 54th minute as Alvaro Barreal shot off the crossbar, deflected off the back of Kann and rolled out of play. Moments later, Haris Medunjanin saw his attempt at the far post was turned away by Kann.

Finally, Cincinnati opened the scoring as Acosta received Brenner's ball and curled his shot past Kann to give the Orange and Blue a 1-0 lead. Their advantage wouldn't last long, though.

Brooks Lennon crossed for Hernandez, who converted to make it a 1-1 game. Vermeer dealt with a Mulraney long-range effort with just over ten minutes to play. He then denied Josef Martinez in the 87th minute and he saved from Mulraney and Moreno in stoppage time.

Man of the Match: Kenneth Vermeer

If not for him, Atlanta could have scored four or five goals. He made eight saves, several of them down the stretch when the Five Stripes had really good looks.