HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Independiente and signed to a young Designated Player contract on Jan. 19, 2018.
Barco joined Atlanta after the club paid the largest transfer fee in MLS history at the time. The 21-year-old, one of the most highly-touted prospects in South America, had four goals and three assists, starting 19 games in his first season with Atlanta. After being utilized primarily on the left wing in an up and down 2018, Barco struggled for consistency in a pair of injury-plagued season and was easily the league leader in fouls suffered per 90 minutes (min. 500 minutes) at 5.06 fouls suffered per 90 in 2020.
OUTSIDE MLS: Barco joined Independiente’s youth academy at 15 and signed a professional contract with the club in July of 2016. In two seasons, he combined to make 57 total appearances across league, Copa Sudamericana and Copa Argentina play, scoring eight goals. Most recently, Barco helped lead Independiente to the 2017 Copa Sudamericana title, defeating Brazilian side Flamengo 3-2 on aggregate in the final. He 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.
INTERNATIONAL: Had a breakout performance for Argentina at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, with two goals and two assists in four matches. Was called up to the Argentina U-20 national team for the CONMEBOL South American Under-20 championship in December, 2018, but left camp with right knee tendonitis. After 14 caps with the U-20s, he appeared in his first U-23 match for Argentina in an international friendly against Brazil in Nov., 2019.
NOTES: MLS All-Star 2018, 2019