It is not very common for expansion teams to make the playoffs in their first season, let alone win MLS Cup.
Atlanta United have gotten off to a solid start in their time as an MLS expansion team, going 10W-7L-4D to this point in the year and demonstrating one of the more exciting brands of soccer in the league. Their dynamic play has them currently sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, and reaching the postseason is looking like a good possibility for them.
Still, Atlanta want more than to just make a playoff appearance. They want to seriously challenge for MLS Cup, and believe they have the tools within their roster to do so.
"Of course, but like coach says we have to keep our feet on the ground and we have to take it step by step," Almiron told FutbolMLS when asked if the team is thinking about fighting for a title. "Atlanta are still a new club, it's our first year, but we don't look at that as en excuse either. The group is very unified, which is very important, and I do think we have enough to contend."
Almiron has been one of the catalysts for Atlanta United, scoring eight goals while assisting on nine others in his 21 appearances. The MLS All-Star will hope to do more damage in Sunday night's match in Kansas City against Western Conference leaders Sporting KC (8 pm ET on FS1, FOX Deportes in USA; TSN in Canada).