It was an agonizing defeat. The third game in three days in ninety-nine percent humidity and soaring temperatures. With several injuries depleting the squad, Rocket City United needed a two goal victory over Atlanta FC to take the US Open Cup birth outright. They got the first goal on a 25 yard blast off the foot of Rafa Barbosa and were pressing for the second when tired legs started to show. In a ten minute sequence, Atlanta FC stole two goals and the right to face the professional USL side Charleston Battery in the first knockout round of the US Open Cup.
Tonight, RCU would love to avenge that loss in league play. RCU will look to extend their first place lead in NPSL Southeast Region with a result on the road at the Hoskin Stadium in Sandy Springs, GA. Coach Greg Petersen should have the services of speedy winger Kempess Villafana after an extended rehab on a pulled hamstring.
Atlanta FC sits in third place and will look to close the gap the leaders in an effort to defend its NPSL Southeast Region title. AFC coach Ricardo Montoya will have to balance his teams efforts tonight with keeping an eye toward Tuesday's big US Open Cup game in Charleston. Kickoff is at 6PM Central.