2017 24 Under 24 - No. 11 - Yamil Asad


Yamil Asad

AGE: 23

COUNTRY: Argentina

POSITION: Midfielder

CLUB: Atlanta United


He doesn’t get the same level of attention as his Atlanta United teammates and Designated PlayersMiguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba, but don’t confuse Yamil Asad’s lack of headlines for a lack of production.

The 23-year-old Argentine has been a force for the Five Stripes during their expansion season. He’s recorded six goals and 12 assists in 27 games for the high-powered expansion club, and is an active, hard working, technically strong presence on the wing. Asad is an honest two-way player and is committed to quickly getting forward while on the ball, making him a key part of Tata Martino’s fast-paced 4-2-3-1. 

What the technical staffers say:

"Maybe he doesn’t get a fair shake a little bit, because he’s the weakest of the [Latin American stars in ATL], but that’s kind of crazy because he’s a wonderful player as well. … Tough, fast, explodes on the outside of the field … I don’t think he’s at the level of Almiron and the other two guys [Villalba and Martinez] but he does a nice job for them … plays awfully hard, physical, fast … right-footed, likes to come in [centrally] and we defend him to try to keep him out … not a threat on the level of Almiron or Villalba … technically good on the ball, quick, always thinking about going forward. Someone you’ve got to keep your eye on, lively and buzzes around, will make something out of nothing … a little firecracker … his movement off the ball sometimes [is relentless], he’s in the middle, then he’s out wide … a handful … has the personality to get down and dirty if he has to … sometimes will lose focus or get dragged into silly situations … will get frustrated, even at his own players … needs to focus on defensive responsibilities in key moments … tries to force it at times."

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