It is the third time this season that Almiron has been included in a Team of the Week and the praise for the 23-year old won’t be stopping any time soon.
The Paraguayan was everywhere on Saturday, playing a role in the first goal as his initial shot was pushed into the path of Tito Villalba for Atlanta’s opener in the ninth minute. From then on, every time Atlanta went forward, Almiron was always involved and looking to cause problems.
He got his lone assist of the game just after halftime, dispossessing Chris Wingert outside the box and finding Yamil Asad for the easy finish. Despite being a threat in the opposition half, the attacking midfielder was everywhere in all phases of the game.
Almiron made 10 recoveries over the course of the game, constantly bothering Kyle Beckerman in the middle of the pitch. Almiron’s defensive work has often gone unnoticed this season, but his contributions in attack are earning him Team of the Week honors and praise from all around the league.
Much of Atlanta United’s early attacking success has come through their young DP, who has two goals and four assists through seven games. Atlanta currently sit in 4th in the Eastern Conference and Almiron’s superb form is part of the reason why with contributions at both ends of the pitch.