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Three Atlanta United players called up for youth national team duty

Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco celebrates a goal during the Five Stripes' game against the Philadelphia Union on March 17, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Karl L. Moore/Atlanta United)
Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco celebrates a goal during the Five Stripes' game against the Philadelphia Union on March 17, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Karl L. Moore/Atlanta United)

Atlanta United will lose three more players to their respective national teams during this FIFA international window. Ezequiel Barco, Andrew Carleton and Miles Robinson will report for duty with youth teams, the club announced Tuesday.

Attacking midfielders Barco and Carleton will join to the under-20 teams for Argentina and the United States, respectively. Robinson, a centerback who has been Atlanta’s best player through seven games this season, will report to the U.S. under-23 team, which just announced the hiring of former Orlando City, New York City and Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis as head coach. 

While Barco and Carleton have been regulars in their national youth systems, Robinson’s call-up is his first in almost three years. His last national team appearance came with the U.S. U-20s in 2016. Argentina’s U-20 side and the U.S. U-20 and U-23 teams all are spending this period in playing friendly matches in Spain. 

Wesly Decas, a left back for ATL UTD 2, will join the Honduras U-20 side.

In addition to the youths, the Five Stripes have three players reporting to their senior national teams: Josef Martínez with Venezuela, Gonzalo “Pity” Martínez with Argentina and Hector “Tito” Villalba with Paraguay. The two Martínezes will meet in a friendly on Friday at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, the home ground of La Liga’s Atlético Madrid. Villalba is reuniting with former Atlanta star Miguel Almirón, now a standout performer with Newcastle United in the English Premier League.

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