Ezequiel Barco left the bench to score two goals when Frank De Boer's Atlanta United claimed a 2-0 victory on the road over the New England Revolution on Saturday.
The victory was the first of the Atlanta season, improving the record of MLS Cup champions 1-2-2 through five games.
The victory also marked De Boer's first victory in the league as manager since October 26, 2016. The former Dutch star led Inter Milan to a 2-1 victory over Torino that day, but in the past 900 days Since then, which included a disastrous period as head of Crystal Palace in the Premier League, De Boer failed to guide Inter, Palace or Atlanta to a single win in the league.
In minute 29, Héctor Villalba made a strong charge in the end of the Revolution, beating Luis Caicedo (who played out of position in the full-back). Villalba took the ball to the box, then pbaded it to a cargo ship for conversion.
Barco's second goal came in spectacularly in the 49th minute. The midfielder had an open look in a ball in the corner of the box, and Barco used this virtual free-kick opportunity to snuggle a beautifully placed shot on the far side. of the network.
After scoring four goals in 26 league appearances for Atlanta during his 2018 debut season in MLS, Barco already has three goals in five league games this year.
None of the three objectives of Barco, however, has arrived as a member of the initial XI. The midfielder made an early start in the 15th minute of Saturday when Eric Remedi was removed for an apparent injury.
The New England record falls to 1-5-1 through seven games. This nightmare start includes three defeats in the home field of the Revolution.
With Michael Mancienne (suspension), Edgar Castillo (calf) and Antonio Delamea (knee) were not available, the improvised defense of New England was perhaps the luck to yield only two goals under constant pressure from Atlanta.
Atlanta beat the Revolution by a margin of 19-7, including an 8-1 advantage on shots on goal. Josef Martinez contributed five of those shots, although the star striker showed an uncharacteristic lack of completion. Martinez could not get a good touch during an escape attempt in the 7th minute and then fell after taking a cross in the front during the 19th minute.
Atlanta improves to 3-0-2 at all time against New England.