Will Barco, Pity Martinez still be with Atlanta United after the summer?

    Atlanta United midfielder Ezequiel Barco, rear, hugs Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez, who had a help on Barco’s goal against FC Cincinnati during an MLS soccer match Saturday, March 7, 2020, inAtlanta (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution by means of AP).

    The MLS summer transfer window is expected to open July 7 and close Aug. 5. The windows for leagues in Europe likewise will open during different dates this summer.

    During typical times, Atlanta United has 2 players– Pity Martinez and Ezequiel Barco– who would be targets of clubs in Europe and Mexico.

    However, since of COVID-19, these aren’t typical times.

    Atlanta United president Darren Eales stated that provided what’s occurring in sports, he forecasts that the windows will be impacted. Many leagues around the world, consisting of MLS, have actually closed down with no-restarts on the horizon.

    Speaking Monday, Eales didn’t appear too concerned about the future of either player.

    “For us, we have our players under long-term contracts,” he stated. “We have a design that we aim to sign players that have worth, however do not constantly plan to sell those players. We have actually seen that with Josef Martinez.

    “We can be flexible, we can be nimble. We are in a growing league. We will just have to see how things shake out with transfer window down the line and react accordingly.”

    Barco, 21, has 10 goals and 7 assists in 43 appearances with theclub His playing time has actually been impacted by many injuries. Healthy this season, the midfielder has actually scored 2 goals in simply 2games Barco was acquired by Atlanta United in 2018 from Independiente for a reported cost of $135 million.

    Martinez, 26, scored 5 goals with 9 assists in 34 appearances last season, his first with theclub He was bought from Argentina’s River Plate for an MLS record transfer cost of $1595 million. Martinez has 2 assists this season.

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