Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters for the ninth week of the season, it was announced Tuesday.
Atlanta United extended its season-best unbeaten streak to seven matches with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Impact Saturday, with Almirón scoring two goals in front of the 45,039 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In eight starts this season, the 24-year-old is tied for the league-lead with six goals and tied for fourth with four assists. Atlanta (6-1-1, 19 points) is second in the Eastern Conference.
The 2017 MLS newcomer of the year helped Atlanta overcome an early Montreal goal with a penalty kick in the 70th minute to tie the game at 1-1. Almirón sent his kick to the right side of goal, putting enough power on the shot to get past goalkeeper Evan Bush’s deflection and sneak into the net (Watch Goal).
Almirón then extended Atlanta’s lead to 3-1 in the 84th minute on a beautiful display of give-and-go play with Josef Martínez. Beginning from Atlanta’s half of the field, Almirón dribbled toward goal, sending a pass to Martínez in traffic, with the forward deflecting the ball back to Almirón to set up a left-footed shot from just outside the box to beat Bush (Watch Goal). The brace was the second multi-goal performance of the season and fifth in Almirón’s MLS career.
Atlanta visits Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET, TSN1 / TSN3 / TSN4 / TSN5 / ESPN+).
The MLS player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the NASR. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men’s soccer in the United States and Canada.