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Former Revs: Nick Firmino Scores In MLS Debut
The former Revolution Homegrown made an impact on Wednesday in his Major League Soccer debut!
Former New England Revolution Nick Firmino had a debut to remember Wednesday night as Atlanta United hosted New York City FC.
Firmino joined Atlanta United’s squad as he and Luke Brennan signed short-term loan agreements from Atlanta’s developmental club, Atlanta United II. While not a part of the starting lineup, Firmino eagerly waited to see his first MLS action as he made the bench.
Despite two seasons with the Revolution organization, Firmino never saw the field with the first team, as he spent part of the 2019 season on loan with Hartford and the 2020 season with Revolution II before seeing his contract with the club expire at the start of 2021. Firmino won the USL League One title with Union Omaha in 2021 before joining Atlanta United II in 2022. Through his 48 appearances with ATL UTD 2, Firmino notched 11 goals and four assists over 3,565 minutes.
Firmino had his name called in the 87th minute as Gonzalo Pineda brought Firmino on for Franco Ibarra, as Atlanta trailed 2-1. With the clock winding down in stoppage time, Brooks Lennon attempted to drive the ball into the box, but it had too much pace as it nearly rolled out of play. Realizing the situation, Lennon lobbed the ball into the box to keep the play going.
Lennon’s cross found Firmino wide open in the back of the box. With time and space, Firmino leaped into the air and drove a bouncing header into the left side of the net to level the game. Atlanta held on as Firmino’s first goal gave Five Stripes a point as they walked away with a 2-2 draw.