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Orellano and Acosta lead Cincinnati to a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United

ATLANTA — Luca Orellano scored the first goal of his career with an assist from Luciano Acosta and Acosta added the go-ahead goal two minutes later as FC Cincinnati rallied for a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Saturday night.

Neither team scored until Thiago Almada used an assist from Edwin Mosquero in the 59th minute to find the net for the second time this season and put Atlanta United (3-3-2) ahead. Mosquero, making his first start of the campaign, set up Almada’s right-foot shot from outside the penalty area into the bottom right corner.

Orellano, a 24-year-old rookie striker, took a pass from Acosta and scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute. Acosta put Cincinnati (4-2-3) ahead in the 64th. Acosta’s third goal of the season came with assists from defenseman DeAndre Yedlin and former Atlanta United defenseman Miles Robinson, making his eighth start in his first season with Cincinnati. Acosta scored a career-high nine goals against Atlanta United, his most against any club.

Cincinnati’s Alec Kann made his second straight start, replacing starter Roman Celentano, and saved three shots. Celentano missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

Brad Guzan had two saves for Atlanta United. Both goaltenders recorded one save in a scoreless first half.

Giorgos Giakoumakis came on for Daniel Ríos for Atlanta United in the 60th minute after missing the last two games with an injury.

Brooks Lennon made his 111th start for Atlanta United, joining Robinson and Josef Martínez for second place in club history. Guzan is the all-time leader with 175 and counting.

Cincinnati came into the game on a two-game skid, but has never lost three in a row under Pat Noonan. The club is 3-5-5 in the all-time series but has gone 2-0-3 with Noonan at the helm.

Cincinnati returns home to play Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Atlanta United travels to play the Chicago Fire on Saturday.