Future Watch: Ezequiel Barco Rookie Soccer Cards, Atlanta United FC – One of the most surprising new markets for an MLS expansion side in recent years has been Atlanta. Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank brought Atlanta United into Major League Soccer and did nearly everything right in building the franchise. 2020 will be their fourth season, and one of the biggest moves the club has made on the pitch so far was to bring in youngster Ezequiel Barco.
The now 20-year old Argentine attacking midfielder was on the radar of many clubs all around the soccer world. That he ended up transferring from Independiente in Argentina to Atlanta was a huge “get” for the Five Stripes. Barco was signed as a Young Designated Player in January, 2018.
Barco’s skill cannot be questioned. He is quick and fast and plays at pace with remarkable ball skills and vision. He finds space in scoring areas and has just the right amount of selfishness to score while also including his teammates offensively.
He did seem to have a tough time settling in his first season in 2018 with United, finishing with four goals and three assists in their MLS Cup winning season. Last season, Barco was much steadier and made 11 more league appearances. He ended with the same four goals and three assists as the previous year, but showed very well and seemed to help settle a club’s attack after they lost stalwart Miguel Almiron to Newcastle.
In 2016 and 2017 he made 57 appearances with Independiente, including winning Copa Sudamericana in 2017. Barco scored a goal at the U-20 World Cup for Argentina this past May and I expect him to have a bright future with La Albiceleste. Plus, a number of top European clubs are said to be keeping a close eye on the talented MLS All-Star.
Ezequiel Barco is fun to watch play the game and I suspect his future includes succeeding at a large club in a top league. Look for his cards in 2019 Topps MLS Soccer and more to come in 2020!
Future Watch: Ezequiel Barco Rookie Soccer Cards, Atlanta United FC – Stats
|Playing Time||Offense||Defense||Per 90 Minutes||Expected||Per 90 Minutes|
|2016-2017||17||Independiente||ar ARG||1. Primera Div||6th||30||18||1,923||4||4||2||3||3||0||0.19||0.19||0.37||0.09||0.28||Matches|
|2017-2018||18||Independiente||ar ARG||1. Primera Div||6th||8||5||450||1||2||0||0||2||0||0.20||0.40||0.60||0.20||0.60||Matches|
|2018||18||Atlanta||us USA||1. MLS||2nd||26||19||1,733||4||2||0||0||2||0||0.21||0.10||0.31||0.21||0.31||2.9||2.9||4.1||0.15||0.21||0.36||0.15||0.36||Matches|
|2019||19||Atlanta||us USA||1. MLS||3rd||15||11||980||4||2||0||0||1||0||0.37||0.18||0.55||0.37||0.55||3.3||3.3||2.3||0.31||0.21||0.52||0.31||0.52||Matches|
|4 Seasons||2 Clubs||2 Leagues||79||53||5,086||13||10||2||3||8||0||0.23||0.18||0.41||0.19||0.37||6.2||6.2||6.4||0.21||0.21||0.42||0.21||0.42|
|Atlanta (2 Seasons)||1 League||41||30||2,713||8||4||0||0||3||0||0.27||0.13||0.40||0.27||0.40||6.2||6.2||6.4||0.21||0.21||0.42||0.21||0.42|
|Independiente (2 Seasons)||1 League||38||23||2,373||5||6||2||3||5||0||0.19||0.23||0.42||0.11||0.34|
|MLS (2 Seasons)||41||30||2,713||8||4||0||0||3||0||0.27||0.13||0.40||0.27||0.40||6.2||6.2||6.4||0.21||0.21||0.42||0.21||0.42|
|Primera Div (2 Seasons)||38||23||2,373||5||6||2||3||5||0||0.19||0.23||0.42||0.11||0.34|
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