Jul 21, 2021
Atlanta United ties Cincinnati 1-1, winless in 9 straight
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ronald Hernández scored his first MLS goal to help Atlanta play FC Cincinnati to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night in United interim coach Rob Valentino’s first game.
Atlanta (2-4-8) has a franchise-record nine-game winless streak. It fired Gabriel Heinze on Sunday, a day after a 1-0 loss to New England.
United hasn’t lost back-to-back games since losing three straight in October 2020.
The 23-year-old Hernández, a defender who played five minutes in his only other MLS appearance, put away a cross by Brooks Lennon — that appeared to have been redirected by Manchop Choi — with a one-touch finish inside the near post to cap the scoring in the 70th minute.
Luciano Acosta, on a breakaway, cut back to evade a defender near the penalty spot and the curled in a side-netter to give Cincinnati (3-6-4) a 1-0 lead in the 61st.
Kenneth Vermeer had a career-high eight saves for Cincinnati.
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Watch: Simone Biles hypes up Suni Lee for her gold medal in the all-around
After the close of the individual all-around semifinal, there were questions of who would take the gold with Simone Biles exit due to her growing concerns for her mental health. Her support was overwhelming, from celebrities, fellow athletes and her teammates, including Suni Lee.
Lee, who qualified for the individual all-around final, stepped up won the gold medal. Team USA women have won gold in the event for four straight Olympic cycles but it was in question after Biles withdrew.
With Biles cheering here on from the sidelines, Lee delivered for the USA to make it five straight Summer Olympics with the gold coming stateside.Lee brings home the fifth straight individual all-around gold medal for the United States, with Simone Biles hyping her up all the way
Biles, despite her internal fight, still showed love for Lee when she closed out with the gold medal and hyped her win afterward.
Teammates who support you >>>>@Simone_Biles hyping up @sunisalee_ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BVpZaVYlnr
— ESPN (@espn) July 29, 2021
The battle was not easy, with Lee in close quarters with Brazil and ROC gymnasts taking the silver and bronze, respectively.
This type of support from Biles to Lee is what makes her such a special person and teammate.Next: 2021 Olympics medal count, July 29: Which athletes and countries have the most medals?