Ezequiel Barco came off the bench to score his first MLS brace to lead Atlanta United to their first regular season win of the season, defeating the New England Revolution, 2-0, Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Barco had his brace 20 minutes later, chasing down and settling a Villalba service before unleashing a sensational curling attempt from just inside the 18-yard box to double the Five Stripes lead.
If not for some last-ditch defending from Farrell, the scoreline would have been more lopsided.
- THE BIG PICTURE: It took a lot longer than many expected, but the defending MLS Cup champions finally captured their first win of the 2019 regular season after two losses and two draws in their first four games. After taking one step forward with a gritty 2-1 win over Minnesota United, the Revs took two steps back with back-to-back losses without scoring a goal.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Barco sealed the match with this stunning golazo.
Bend it like Barco. pic.twitter.com/MMlY9A8K9W— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 14, 2019
- MAN OF THE MATCH: While Frank de Boer has faced plenty of criticism in his first few games in charge of Atlanta, it seems that Barco has benefitted from the coaching change or maybe he's just more comfortable in Year 2. Either way, he has three goals in his last three games — one less than he accrued in 26 appearances under Tata Martino in 2018.