Dominique Badji and Luciano Acosta each score to help Cincinnati tie Atlanta United 2-2

FC Cincinnati forward Dominique Badji (14) dribbles the ball in the first half of the MLS...
FC Cincinnati forward Dominique Badji (14) dribbles the ball in the first half of the MLS match between the FC Cincinnati and the Atlanta United at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati on Oct. 21, 2023.(Albert Cesare, Cincinnati Enquire | Albert Cesare, Cincinnati Enquirer)
Published: Oct. 23, 2023 at 3:06 PM EDT
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(AP) - Dominique Badji and Luciano Acosta each scored in the first half to help Cincinnati tie Atlanta United 2-2 on Saturday night.

Cincinnati (20-5-9) reached 69 points this season after securing just 20 in 2021. The 49-point increase in a two-year span is the largest in league history. D.C. United’s 36-point leap from 2010-12 was the previous record.

Atlanta (13-9-12) is 4-17-13 in last 34 road matches in all competitions.

Acosta has 30 goal contributions (17 goals, 13 assists). Acosta needed two assists to become be fifth player in league history with a 15-goal, 15-assist season.

Giorgos Giakoumakis scored goals in the 12th and 32nd minutes for Atlanta.

Roman Celentano finished with four saves for Cincinnati. Brad Guzan stopped one shot for Atlanta.