Atlanta United tops Sporting KC in season opener

ATLANTA, GA FEBRUARY 27: Atlanta defender Caleb Wiley (26) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the MLS match between Sporting Kansas City and Atlanta United FC on February 27th, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Pho

Luiz Araujo and Dom Dwyer scored first-half goals and 17-year-old homegrown forward Caleb Wiley scored in his debut to spark Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City in a Major League Soccer opener on Sunday.

Luiz Araujo staked Atlanta United to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 20th minute. Dwyer added his in the 45th minute.

Daniel Salloi’s goal in the 85th minute pulled Sporting KC (0-1-0) within a goal. Wiley’s first career goal came 4 minutes later to cap the scoring. Josef Martinez had two assists for the victors.

United outshot Sporting KC 12-11 with a 5-2 edge in shots on goal.

Brad Guzan saved one of the two shots he faced for Atlanta United. Tim Melia saved two of the five shots he faced for Sporting KC.