4. Almiron and Villalba are back on the scoresheet
It’s been a long time coming, but both Hector Villalba and Miguel Almiron are back on the scoresheet for Atlanta. Villalba shredded Columbus with a very impressive solo effort, while Almiron took a golden opportunity from Martinez and made Columbus pay as a result. Villalba scored his first goal in five games and since July 7th and Almiron scored his first goal in seven games since June 30th.
Before Sunday’s game, I wrote about the importance of these players finding the back of the net. However, their overall production for the team cannot be forgotten. In the last four games, Villalba has registered an assist on top of his game-changing goal against Columbus, who he continues to torment in regular season play. Villalba’s five goals in 238 minutes against Columbus is a good enough pace for about a goal every 47 minutes, or a goal every half played against the Crew.
For production, the same can almost be said for Almiron. Despite his lack of scoring and his recent slump in finishing, he is still producing for the team. Almiron has two assists and a goal in the last four matches including Sunday’s performance. Not a bad return whatsoever.