Miguel Almiron is on fire for Atlanta United. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK – For the second week in a row Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters Monday.
Almirón captured the weekly honors with a multi-goal performance as the 23-year-old scored twice in Atlanta’s 3-1 victory over New York City FC at Bobby Dodd Stadium Sunday.
He ranks tied for fourth in MLS and first for Atlanta with seven goals, in addition to four assists. Atlanta is 5-0-1 in matches when Almirón records a goal or assist and sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with 18 points amid its three-game unbeaten streak (5-4-3 record).
The Paraguay international gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when he received teammate Julian Gressel’s pass in the center of the box, collected the ball and fired a left-footed shot near post past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Almirón completed his brace in the 23rd minute, once again receiving a pass from Gressel in the center of the penalty area and sending a left-footed flick to the bottom left corner of goal to push Atlanta’s lead to 3-0.
Atlanta travels to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place Saturday (5:30 p.m. ET, TSN/MLS LIVE).
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.