Miguel Almirón recorded his first career hat-trick and second in Altanta United’s inaugural season. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK – Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters Tuesday.
Almirón recorded his first career hat-trick, and the second in Atlanta United history in a 4-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Bobby Dodd Stadium Sunday.
The 23-year-old leads the club in combined goals (five) and assists (four) this season after recording the second multi-goal performance of his MLS career.
Atlanta (4-4-3, 15 points) improved its record to 4-0-1 in matches when Almirón records a goal or assist and sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Paraguay international gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when he received Yamil Asad’s pass and found enough space to fire a blazing left-footed shot from the center of the box into the top left corner of net.
He pushed Atlanta to a 2-0 advantage in the 42nd minute, showing tremendous control in the box to get past three defenders and set up a powerful left-footed shot to the top right corner.
Almirón completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute with a penalty kick, sending a left-footed shot to the bottom left corner to push Atlanta’s lead to 4-0. He helped Atlanta United become the first expansion team in league history to have two players record hat tricks in its inaugural season.
Atlanta United returns to action, hosting New York City FC at Bobby Dodd Stadium Sunday at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes).
The MLS player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.