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Comparing Facundo Torres to Other Big MLS Signings

Christopher Adams
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 29: Facundo Torres of Peñaraol fights for the ball with Rómulo Otero of Corinthians during a match between Corinthians and Peñarol as part of Group E of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2021 at Arena Corinthians on April 29, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - APRIL 29: Facundo Torres of Peñaraol fights for the ball with Rómulo Otero of Corinthians during a match between Corinthians and Peñarol as part of Group E of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2021 at Arena Corinthians on April 29, 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) /
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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – MARCH 11: Ezequiel Barco #8 of Atlanta United controls the ball during a quarter final first leg match between Club America and Atlanta United as part of CONCACAF Champions League 2020 at Azteca on March 11, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – MARCH 11: Ezequiel Barco #8 of Atlanta United controls the ball during a quarter final first leg match between Club America and Atlanta United as part of CONCACAF Champions League 2020 at Azteca on March 11, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) /

Ezequiel Barco

2017/18 Stats

49 Games

8 Goals

7 Assists

When looking at high-priced South American imports, we have to discuss the biggest and most interesting of the bunch. Ezequiel Barco came to Atlanta with a league-record $13.5 million price tag and was one of the most revolutionary transfers in MLS. That’s an astronomical figure for this league, and this was an interesting player to drop that bag on.

Barco was still a very unproven player for Independiente when he moved to Atlanta. His actual production was fairly lackluster, with his only notably success coming in one Copa Sudamericana run. He was also a highly-touted prospect in the youth ranks of Argentina, but it’d be crazy to say he was ready to dominate in MLS based off his actual production.

His time with Atlanta has been weird. A lot like Rodriguez, the talent is obvious and he has flashes where he looks unbelievable. But to this point he has 17 goals and 13 assists in 88 MLS games for the Five Stripes. He’s set to be loaned back to Argentina to make room for another high-priced Argentine prospect this month.

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