Atlanta United’s midfielder Miguel Almirón has been voted MLS Player of the Week after his hat-trick performance against the Houston Dynamo. Almirón scored three goals during Atlanta’s 4-1 home win over Houston on last Saturday, scoring his first hat trick of the season and his second multi-goal game.
Almirón is the second Atlanta United player to win Player of the Week honours, both earning the award after scoring hat-tricks. Josef Martinez was awarded Player of the Week after his three-goal performance against Minnesota United in March.
Bagging a hat trick and taking home @ALCATEL1TOUCH Player of the Week honors.
It’s good to be Miguel Almirón. https://t.co/CPzTpYqMsG
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 23, 2017
After enduring an hour-long delay due to bad weather at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Almirón and Atlanta got things going in the 30th minute when the Paraguayan picked up a loose ball at the top of the box, scooted to his left and slammed a 15-yard shot into the roof of the net to make it 1-0.
He made it 2-0 in the 42nd, collecting a Yamil Asad pass at the top of the box, skipping away from a defender and firing a laser into the top right corner from the penalty spot. Midfielder Julian Gressel gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead in the 76th, then Almirón completed his hat-trick in the 80th, coolly converting a penalty for his third goal.
The performance gave Almirón five goals and four assists in 11 MLS appearances this season. All of the 23-year-old’s goals have come in two games, with his two previous tallies coming in Atlanta’s 6-1 win at Minnesota on March 12.
Almirón is the third straight player to win Player of the Week after recording a hat trick, following Crew SC midfielder and Week 11 winner Justin Meram and Philadelphia forward and Week 10 honouree CJ Sapong.
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.
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