Atlanta United FC was able to free up three international roster spots this week, as three of its players from Argentina received green cards.
The club announced Tuesday that Ezequiel Barco, Franco Escobar and Eric Remedi have each become permanent U.S. citizens and no longer occupy international spots on its roster.
Currently taking up other international spots on Atlanta’s roster are Pity Martinez, Luiz Nascimento, Anton Walkes and recently acquired centerback Fernando Meza. If the club signs 2020 MLS SuperDraft pick Patrick Nielsen to its first team, he – a native of Denmark – will take up a spot too.
Barco, Escobar and Remedi each joined Atlanta prior to or during the 2018 season, when the club captured MLS Cup.
At the time of his arrival, Barco, 20, broke the league’s transfer record for an incoming player, with Atlanta paying reportedly $15 million for his services from Argentina’s Club Atletico Independiente. In two seasons with the club, Barco has twice made the MLS All-Star team and has notched nine goals and nine assists in 59 appearances across all contests. He has also featured for Argentina’s U-20 and U-23 teams.
Escobar, 24, came to Atlanta late in 2017 from Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina. He has battled various injuries while with the club, but has proven to be a dangerous fullback when healthy. In 62 appearances for Atlanta, he has tallied five goals and five assists. Escobar scored in Atlanta’s 2018 MLS Cup victory and was key to their postseason run that season.
Remedi, 24, arrived in Atlanta during the summer transfer window in 2018 from Argentine side Banfield. He quickly worked his way into the starting lineup and established himself as a tough and fearless defensive midfielder. He has played in 56 matches for the club, putting up two goals and two assists.
ATL 2 signs two
Atlanta United 2 – the USL Championship affiliate of the MLS side – made a pair of signings this week, bringing aboard Baboucarr Njie and Daniel Steedman.
Steedman, a 19-year-old midfielder, comes to Atlanta from the University of Virginia, where he helped the Cavaliers win the ACC title and advance to the College Cup final this past season. A native of Scotland, he tallied five goals and seven assists in his two seasons at Virginia. He also scored in the College Cup final and converted his penalty in the shootout at the end of the match.
“Daniel is a versatile attacking player who has had a great college career,” ATL UTD 2 head coach Stephen Glass said in a statement.
Njie, 24, played his college soccer at Division III North Carolina Wesleyan, scoring 34 goals across three seasons. A native of Gambia, he also played in USL League Two with North Carolina FC’s U-23 squad.
“Baboucarr is a well-rounded midfielder that suits our style of play,” Glass said. “He is sound defensively and has the ability to get forward and score goals, as his record in college shows. Baboucarr impressed us at our showcase and we’re pleased to add him to our group.”
Castillo, Jahn in training
Atlanta United hosted two unsigned players in training on Tuesday, with Edgar Castillo and Adam Jahn practicing with the first team.
Castillo, 33, is a fullback who spent last season with the New England Revolution. Jahn, 29, is a forward who spent last season in the USL Championship with Phoenix Rising FC, where he tallied 18 goals and eight assists in 33 appearances and made the league’s Best XI.