Ezequiel Barco scored two goals and Atlanta United's Frank De Boer won a 2-0 road victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.
The win was Atlanta's first of the season, improving the MLS Cup record to 1-2-2 in five games.
This win also marks De Boer's first win as manager since October 26, 2019. The former Dutch star led Inter Milan to a 2-1 win over Turin that day, but in the 900 days that followed, including a disastrous passage. as leader of Crystal Palace in the Premier League – De Boer had not managed to lead Inter, the Palace or Atlanta to a triumph in league.
In the 29th minute, Hector Villalba gave a strong charge at the end of the Revolution, ahead of Luis Caicedo (who played out of the back position). Villalba took the ball into the box, then went to Barco charging for the conversion.
Barco's second goal was spectacular in the 49th minute. The midfielder looked wide open on a ball at the corner of the box, and Barco took advantage of this free kick opportunity to place a wonderfully well placed shot at the back of the net.
After scoring four goals in 26 league games for Atlanta in his first MLS season in 2018, Barco has already scored three goals in five league games this year.
None of Barco's three goals, however, have been scored as a member of the starting lineup. The midfielder made an early start in the 15th minute on Saturday while Eric Remedi had been pulled off with an apparent injury.
The New England record drops to 1-5-1 after seven games. This beginning of nightmare includes three losses on the ground of the revolution.
With Michael Mancienne (suspension), Edgar Castillo (calf) and Antonio Delamea (knee) being unavailable, the New England improvised backline may have had the chance to only go twice against the constant pressure of Atlanta.
Atlanta dominated the Revolution with a 19-7 lead, including an 8-1 advantage. Josef Martinez contributed to five of those throws, although the striker showed an unusual lack of finish. Martinez was unable to hit the goal during an escape attempt in the 7th minute, then fell after making a center forward in the 19th minute.
Atlanta improves to 3-0-2 all the time against New England.