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Ezequiel Barco denied Argentina U-20 call up

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Argentina’s loss is Atlanta United’s gain

MLS: Atlanta United FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most prestigious youth national team tournaments will get started in a few weeks, but one Atlanta United player will not be joining his teammates. According to Buenos Aires-based writer Peter Coates, Barco was requested to join the Argentina U-20s for the L’Alcudia Tournament in Spain but it was denied.

The tournament, also called COTIF, will take place from July 28 - August 8, dates that fall outside of an official FIFA window. With club teams under no obligation to release players and the MLS season in full swing, it seems like Barco will not be going anywhere for now.

While Barco is still adjusting to MLS, if there was any doubt about his potential or talent, being included in the Argentinian U-20 side should help put some of that to rest. Barco has already received 8 caps for the Argentinian U-20s, and his move to Atlanta has not seemed to affect his status in the national program. Missing the tournament will also allow Barco to feature for the MLS All-Stars as they prepare to host Emre Can and Juventus on August 1st.