Who are we talking about today?
Ezequiel Barco, arguably the most hyped up Major League Soccer player since Freddy Adu.
Ahh, so he’s American. Don’t they always get carried away when it comes to football?
Nope, he’s Argentinian. And he’s only 18.
What? Did he fail over in Argentina then?
Far from it. Barco came through the ranks at Independiente, making debut under Gabriel Milito.
Why is that name familiar?
Milito won two La Liga titles, a Champions League medal and the Spanish Super Cup as a player with Barcelona.
That’s right. Back to Barco. Did he have any success under Milito?
Barco played an important role in Independiente’s Copa Sudamericana win last year, which is essentially South America’s version of the Europa League.
Why did he leave Argentina if he was doing so well?
Money talks. Atlanta United paid an MLS record to take the 18-year-old midfielder to Georgia, where he’ll be managed by fellow Argentine Tata Martino, formerly of Barcelona.
Who are Atlanta United? I’m an Encyclopedia of knowledge and I’ve never heard of them.
That’ll be because they’ve only entered MLS last year, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference in their first attempt at life in the big leagues.
Heard the one about the Irishman, German and Jamaican?
Well Atalanta actually have two Irishman, two Germans and an Englishman, as well as four Argentines and a Venezuelan.
So Barco will need some language lessons?
That’s probably a good idea.
When can I see him play?
Atlanta’s first MLS game is this Saturday when they take on Houston Dynamo. Be there or be square.