Martinez is the second Atlanta United player to be selected by a national team in the past few weeks. Ezequiel Barco was selected by Argentina’s U23 national team for games. Atlanta United hasn’t said whether Barco will be released by the club. He came off the bench in the second half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Nashville after missing the previous four games with an injury.
Atlanta United won’t play again until it hosts Philadelphia on June 20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Not having Barco and Martinez, two of the team’s three Designated Players, during the next two weeks could negatively affect the team’s ability to work on its offense during training sessions. It needs the work. The two goals scored against Nashville were only the second time in 11 games that it has scored more than one goal in a game.