ATLANTA – Sometimes, it's just really not your night.
Atlanta United 2 took advantage of their parent club, fielding six MLS players in its starting lineup in a 5-0 rout of FC Tulsa on Wednesday night. The humbling result broke FC Tulsa's perfect start to the 2021 campaign and the club record 10-match unbeaten streak FC Tulsa had been riding since the 2020 season.
The first four goals came in the final nine minutes of the first half, as Atlanta United 2 shocked FC Tulsa, who gave up more than two goals for the first time in the FC Tulsa era of the franchise.
Three different shots off the post, plus a second yellow card issues to defender Jorge Corrales in the 68' minute, prevented any sort of comeback from FC Tulsa as Rodrigo da Costa, Marlon Santos and Jerome Kiesewetter all hit the woodwork.
Here are three storylines following the defeat...
1) MLS ADVANTAGE
Atlanta United FC decided to use Wednesday night's ATL UTD 2 match to give its MLS reserves some minutes, with FC Tulsa the unlucky opponent. With MLS Atlanta not in action until Sunday, the Five Stripes sent eight MLS players to play for Atlanta United 2, including six that made the Starting XI.
2) STREAKS BROKEN
FC Tulsa had compiled a six-match regular season winning streak and 10-match unbeaten run before running into Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday night. Both were the longest in franchise history. In allowing four goals, FC Tulsa also conceded more than two goals for the first time in the FC Tulsa era. Previously, FC Tulsa had allowed multiple goals just four times in its previous 18 regular season matches, all in 2020.
3) CUNNINGHAM MAKES DEBUT
One of the feel good stories from 2021 was FC Tulsa forward Michael Cunningham, who signed a professional contract following a successful trial during the preseason. Cunningham made the next step with his club debut in the loss, playing the final 16 minutes of the match. The England native, who has made a name for himself all over the world with a huge following on YouTube, replaced Matt Sheldon in the 74' minute.
FC Tulsa will have to stew on the loss for two weeks before taking the pitch again on June 2 at Sporting Kansas City II. The two-week gap between matches is the longest break of the season for the club.