HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Lanus and signed as a Young Designated Player on December 5, 2016.
Winner of MLS Newcomer of the Year for 2017, the dynamic and attacking-minded midfielder is capable of playing out wide or centrally. His ability to start a counter attack or find space for a shot on goal was the engine for Atlanta United FC's success during 2017. He'll look to propel his team even further in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Almiron has been a fixture for the Paraguayan national team since making his debut in September 2015.
OUTSIDE MLS: Almiron appeared in 39 games during his three-year spell with Cerro Porteno’s first team and registered a career-high five goals in just 19 games in 2015. He then transferred to Lanus in August. His impact for Lanus was immediate, scoring his first-ever goal for the club against Belgrano in the second round of 2015 Copa Sundamericana, which helped guide the club into the knockout rounds. In, 2016 he led the club to two major championships, including just their second-ever Primera Division title during the shortened 2016 Primera Division campaign. During that season, Almiron appeared in 13 games and scored three goals to lead Lanus to the top of the table. They faced San Lorenzo in the final, where Almiron started and scored, leading Lanus to a 4-0 win over San Lorenzo, which featured current Atlanta United teammate Hector “Tito” Villalba. In August, Almiron led Lanus to their second championship of the calendar year during a 1-0 win over Racing Club in the 2016 Copa Bicentenario. During his career at Lanus, Almiron scored a total of four goals in 33 league matches and 10 cup matches.
NOTES: 2017 MLS All-Star.