MLS Preseason 2021: Atlanta United storm past Charleston Battery, Ezequiel Barco baggage brace

Atlanta United gained their second straight sport of the 2021 MLS preseason, beating USL Championship side Charleston Battery 6-1 on Saturday throughout 4 separate 30-minute quarters.

The 5 Stripes had been led by two goals from attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco, who deposited a wonderful free kick that left the Charleston goalkeeper flat-footed. If Barco reaches peak type in 2021, as coupled with the return of Josef Martinez, Atlanta might put last year’s woes within the rearview mirror.

One other spotlight for Atlanta was seeing Homegrown winger Machop Chol get off the mark, dribbling past a number of defenders earlier than sliding home his shot. Chol spent the last 4 years at Wake Forest, one of many country’s top school soccer applications.

Different goals included a Lisandro Lopez-Erik Lopez linkup, a header from Erick “Cubo” Torres and a well-taken finish from Brooks Lennon. Choosing out an extended ball after streaking behind the Charleston defense, Lennon poked home a right-footed finish.

The 5 Stripes are nonetheless of their early days under new head coach Gabriel Heinze, although look like adapting well to his techniques and enjoying type. They await a Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 sequence against Costa Rican side Alajuelense on April 6 (away) and April 13 (home), then begin their MLS slate April 17 at rivals Orlando City SC.


  • CHS – Mauro Cichero (PK)
  • ATL – Ezequiel Barco (PK)
  • ATL – Erik Lopez
  • ATL – Ezequiel Barco
  • ATL – Machop Chol
  • ATL – Erick “Cubo” Torres
  • ATL – Brooks Lennon


Beginning lineups and substitutes weren’t instantly accessible.


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