2. Miguel Almiron
Thanks to Martinez hogging the spotlight, there isn’t much talk about Miguel Almiron. Atlanta’s playmaker is having another great season but is mostly flying under the radar. The hottest topic of debate surrounding Almiron is his poor finishing skills. However, it’s worth looking at his overall numbers to see that things aren’t much different from a year ago.
In 30 appearances last season, Almiron finished with nine goals and 14 assists. In 26 games this season, Almiron already matched his goal total from last year and has 11 assists. His finishing may not be the best but, because he is still producing good overall numbers, the team is successful.
Almiron is always worth watching, but if you want to see Atlanta win and dominate a game, then you definitely want to watch Almiron. All of Atlanta’s attacks and counter-attacks flow through the Paraguayan international and, if Almiron finds a way to score, the team is 6-0-0. In the two games against D.C. earlier this season, Almiron has a goal and two assists. In comparison to last year against D.C., that’s a huge improvement. In three games against D.C. last year, Almiron only finished with one assist. Atlanta lost all three of those games.
If Almiron is flying around the pitch like he usually is, then D.C. is going to be in trouble and the game will be fun to watch.