Atlanta United acquired midfielder Ezequiel Barco from Club Atlético Independiente of the Argentine Superliga on Jan. 19, 2018. He signed with Atlanta as a Young Designated Player. In his first season, Barco made 26 appearances and 19 starts, totalling four goals and three assists.
Barco joined Independiente’s youth academy at 15 and signed a professional contract with the club in July of 2016. In two seasonsat Independiente, Barcocombined to make 57 total appearances across league, Copa Sudamericana and Copa Argentina play, scoring eight goals and leading Independiente to the 2017 Copa Sudamericana title.
2020 (Atlanta United): Made 19 appearances across all competitions. Started 11 of his 15 league appearances, tallying two goals and three assists. CONCACAF Champions League: Started all four matches against FC Motagua and Club América.
2019 (Atlanta United): Made 26 appearances across all competitions and recorded four goals and eight assists. Barco tallied four goals and three assists in 15 MLS appearances (11 starts) while missing time due to injury and a breakout performance (two goals and two assists in four matches) with Argentina at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Voted to his second MLS All-Star team. Scored two goals in 2-0 win at New England (4/13) Named MLS Player of the Week for weeks 7 and 10. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started all three of the team’s playoff games and recorded two assists. US Open Cup: Started three games and recorded an assist in Atlanta’s 3-2 win against Columbus Crew SC (6/18). CONCACAF Champions League: Started all four games and recorded two assists in Atlanta’s 4-0 win against CS Herediano (2/28). Campeones Cup: Came on as a substitute in Atlanta’s 3-2 win against Club America (8/14).
2018 (Atlanta United): After suffering an injury in preseason, Barco made his MLS debut on April 15 in a 2-2 draw with NYCFC. A week later, the Argentine midfielder started his first match for Atlanta at LA Galaxy. He scored his first MLS goal in a 2-1 win at Chicago Fire (5/5). Barco finished the regular season with four goals and three assists. He made 26 total appearances, with 19 starts in his first season in Atlanta. MLS Cup Playoffs: Made two substitute appearances in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series vs. NYCFC. Played off the bench in the Eastern Conference Final and in MLS Cup, helping Atlanta United win its first major trophy. US Open Cup: Started and scored in the 3-0 Open Cup victory against Charleston Battery. Made a substitute appearance against Chicago Fire.
2017 (Independiente): Barcomade eight league appearances, scored one goal and addedtwo assists. Healsohelped lead Independiente to the 2017 Copa Sudamericana title, defeating Brazilian side Flamengo 3-2 on aggregate in the final. The 18-year-old played a key role for El Rojo and tallied three goals and two assists during its run to the championship, including the title-deciding goal when he converted a penalty to make it 1-1 in the second leg at the Maracana. Barco also recorded an assist in the first leg of the final, a 2-1 win for Independiente, and scored from the penalty spot during a 3-1 win over Libertad in the semifinals, helping Independiente win 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the final.
2016/17 (Independiente): Inhis first season in the Argentine Superleague, Barco appeared in all 30 league matches, had 18 starts and scored four goals. He helped the club secure a sixth-place finish in the 28-team league, qualifying it for the 2018 Copa Sudamericana.
International: Barco has made 14appearances with Argentina’s U-20 National Teamand scored twice and added two assists in fourgames at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Most recently, Barco earned his first cap with Argentina’s U-23s in a 1-0 win against Brazil’s U-23s (11/17/19).