ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The acronym BAMM might not ring a bell at first hearing, but this nickname is one of the reasons why Atlanta United FC is very successful in 2021.
BAMM stands for the four-man attack crew of United FC namely Barco, Araújo, Moreno, and Martinez.
This nickname was originally coined by Atlanta United broadcast voice Kevin Egan for the team’s line of attack. Supporters love the chemistry and dynamic of those four players on the pitch that naturally a nickname came about.
Midfielder Ezequiel Barco has a solid year this year and is one of the reasons why the team reached the playoffs this year.
For the 2021 MLS season, Barco scored a career-high of seven goals and six assists after a stellar return from the Olympic games where he represented his home country of Argentina.
“Personally, I ended the year very happy because I had a complete change of mind,” Barco said.
“I hadn’t been having a good year in Atlanta, good months, season, but these six months I changed mentality and I changed, which wasn’t easy,” Barco added.
Luiz Araújo who is the newest guy among the four also had a great first season for the team.
In 16 MLS games this year, Araujo scored four goals.
With a solid first MLS season, Araujo is expected to play an even bigger role for the team this year.
“I think the first season is never easy,” Araujo said.
“It’s a lot of adjustments, getting to know a new club, new teammates, new league but I’m really happy and satisfied with my performance. I feel like I have a lot more to show here, I’m very motivated and for next season I promise I will bring better things,” Araujo added.
Midfielder Marcelino Moreno also has superb yea as he reached a career-high of nine goals and four assists, after playing over 33 matches this season.
“I never scored as many goals as I did this season,” Moreno said.
“I think that’s a beautiful moment,” Moreno added.
Meanwhile, Josef Martínez the elder statesman among the four scored his 100th club goal in 125 games, the fastest record in the MLS.
On top of that, Martínez scored 12 goals this year after returning from an injury that kept him off the pitch for all but 68 minutes of the 2020 season.
“I’m happy because until recently I didn’t know if I would return to play,” Martínez said.
“So, whatever happens with that, especially playing. I don’t care if it is a goal or this or that, with one leg I got to 12 goals and played half of the matches, I’m thankful for having the opportunity to play,” Martinez added.
As BAMM remains in the roster of United FC for next year, soccer experts consider United FC as even more dangerous for the 2022 MLS season.


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