Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco #8 celebrates after scoring during the match against Columbus Crew at Field in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday August 7, 2021. (Photo by Jacob Gonzalez/Atlanta United)

Atlanta United today announced it has loaned midfielder Ezequiel Barco to Club Atlético River Plate in the Argentina top flight for the 2022 season. Atlanta retains Barco’s contract rights beyond this season. 

“Ezequiel has been an important part of our success over the last four seasons,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “He helped us win three trophies and is coming off the best season of his young career. We felt that this move made sense for both Ezequiel and the club and we wish him continued success during his loan at River Plate.”

Barco joined Atlanta United in January 2018 from Club Atlético Independiente after making over 50 appearances in his first two professional seasons and winning the 2017 Copa Sudamericana. In Atlanta, Barco helped the club to win MLS Cup, U.S. Open Cup, and Campeones Cup titles and was named an MLS All-Star in 2018 and 2019. Barco has gone on to make 107 appearances across all competitions for Atlanta, the seventh-most in club history.

He’s coming off a stellar 2021 campaign where the midfielder recorded career-highs with seven goals and eight assists and was recognized on the Team of the Week on six occasions. Barco has 17 goals and 17 assists in his MLS regular season career overall. 

On the International stage, Barco has made 21 appearances with Argentina’s youth national teams, including playing in every match of the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo for Argentina.

Transaction: Atlanta United loans Ezequiel Barco to Club Atlético River Plate for the duration of the 2022 season on January 30, 2022.

2022 Atlanta United roster (as of Jan. 30, 2022)

Goalkeepers (4): Dylan Castanheira, Justin Garces, Brad Guzan, Bobby Shuttleworth

Defenders (12): Mikey Ambrose, George Bello, George Campbell, Alex De John, Alan Franco, Andrew Gutman, Ronald Hernández, Brooks Lennon, Efrain Morales, Miles Robinson, Bryce Washington, Caleb Wiley

Midfielders (11): Osvaldo Alonso, Ezequiel Barco*, Jürgen Damm, Emerson Hyndman, Franco Ibarra, Marcelino Moreno, Jake Mulraney, Matheus Rossetto, Amar Sejdic, Santiago Sosa, Tyler Wolff

Forwards (5): Luiz Araújo, Machop Chol, Jackson Conway, Erik López, Josef Martínez


*- on loan with Club Atlético River Plate

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