1. Miguel Almiron
Miguel Almiron scored against Columbus on Sunday, ending a six-game streak without a goal. In fact, his last goal before Sunday came against Orlando in June, in which he ended up with a brace. Almiron may be able to score again this week, and should be on watch in case he does.
It is no secret that Martinez provides most goals for the team, so when another player like Almiron or Villalba scores, there’s usually a good chance for Atlanta to collect three points. Atlanta is 6-0-0 when Almiron scores a goal, and is 13-1-1 when he scores an assist or a goal.
Almiron’s main job is to create opportunities for his teammates to be successful, but the coaching staff is always encouraging Almiron to score on his own. Although his scoring has dropped off since the beginning of the season, he is producing at an overall high rate anyway. Clearly, whenever Almiron is directly involved in scoring, the team is successful.
Atlanta has a league-leading 15 wins this season, and Almiron scored or assisted on a goal in 13 of those wins. It’s no secret that the Paraguayan is important to the team, but those numbers illustrate that point further.