Player Details


Álvaro Barreal


AL-vuh-roh bah-RAY-ahl


5' 8"


146 lbs

Date of Birth

8.17.2000 (23)


Buenos Aires, Argentina



Position Detail


Preferred Side




Roster Category


Player Category

U22 Initiative
Career Summary

Álvaro Barreal was acquired by FC Cincinnati on Sept. 2, 2020 via transfer from Argentinian side Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield using Allocation Money.

2023 (FC Cincinnati): Appeared in a career-high and club-high 34 games, starting in 32, where he mirrored his 2022 season with five goals and nine assists … named to the MLS Team of the Week on eight occasions (6-Bench, 9, 11-Bench, 16, 24-Bench, 29, 33, 37), second on the club behind Acosta … named an MLS All-Star for the first time in his career joining a short list of FC Cincinnati players to receive the nod (Acosta and Vazquez)  … achieved five games with two-or-more goal contributions, including a two goal performance in the first game of the MLS Cup Playoffs in a 3-0 shutout against the New York Red Bulls … four of his 14 goal contributions came during the four-game stretch of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs … goal against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on June 6 in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals featured as the No. 1 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10.

2022 (FC Cincinnati): Appeared in 32 games, making 25 starts, where he tallied a career-high five goals and nine assists … shifted to a left wing back role which was vital for Pat Noonan’s squad reaching the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history … earned his first career league recognition, being named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 24 for his two goal contributions in the 3-1 win over Philadelphia Union … netted the game-winner in FCC’s 6-0 rout of San Jose Earthquakes on Sept. 10 … also netted one game-winning assist on May 4, assisting Calvin Harris’ game-winner against Toronto FC … scored his first career brace in the U.S. Open Cup, scoring both goals in the 2-0 win over Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC … by scoring in the subsequent round at the New England Revolution, became the club’s all-time leader in goals in the Open Cup … scored in consecutive games on May 21 vs. New England and May 28 at CF Montréal, scoring in back-to-back games for the first time in his career … also scored vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (July 13) in a 3rd minute strike, his earliest career goal … started and played in both MLS Cup Playoff games.

2021 (FC Cincinnati): Appeared in all but one game, playing in 33 games including 26 starts, where he scored three goals and added three assists … started the first five games of the season including at Nashville SC in the opener (April 17) … scored the first ever FC Cincinnati goal at TQL Stadium with his 59th minute strike vs. Inter Miami CF in the stadium’s opener (May 16) … his 50th minute free-kick was the game-winner in the 1-0 win at Chicago Fire FC (June 23) … two games later scored again at Houston Dynamo FC, when his fifth minute goal was the fastest equalizer in club history in the 1-1 tie … recorded his first MLS assist at CF Montréal (July 17) … assisted Brenner’s goal on August 7 in a 1-1 stalemate at TQL Stadium … earned an assist in the 2-0 win over Toronto FC (Sept. 11).

2020 (FC Cincinnati): Made five appearances, including four starts ... made MLS and FCC debut and played 28 minutes in a substitute appearance at the Philadelphia Union (Oct. 7) ... replaced Frankie Amaya in the second half ... made his first start of the season and played 64 minutes against Toronto FC (Oct. 11) ... was replaced by Allan Cruz in the second half ... started and played 90 minutes against Columbus Crew SC (Oct. 14) ... started and played 86 minutes against D.C. United (Oct. 18) ... started and played 58 minutes against Minnesota United FC (Oct. 24) ... was replaced by Jürgen Locadia in the second half ... was unavailable against Sporting Kansas City (Oct. 28), Atlanta United FC (Nov. 1) and Inter Miami CF (Nov. 8) due to an injury ... MLS is Back Tournament: Did not make an appearance.

OUTSIDE MLS: The winger has made 18 appearances, including two starts, with Club Vélez Sarsfield across all competitions since 2018 … after coming up through the Vélez Sarsfield academy, Barreal made his professional debut in an Argentine Primera División match against Boca Juniors on Sept. 2, 2018 … he recorded his first-ever professional goal against River Plate on Feb. 4, 2019.

INTERNATIONAL: Represented Argentina’s youth national team and competed with the U-20s in the 2018 COTIF tournament in Valencia, Spain … made five appearances, all starts, scoring two goals as Argentina went on to win the tournament.