Atlanta United's Almiron is named Newcomer of the Year

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron, one of the most exciting players ever to move to MLS, was named the 2017 Newcomer of the Year.

2017 Newcomer of the Year:
38.38% Miguel Almiron (ATL)
24.92% Nemanja Nikolic (CHI)
14.42% Josef Martinez (ATL)
8.83% Victor Vazquez (TOR)
2.83% Bastian Schweinsteiger (CHI)
1.53% Albert Rusnak (RSL)
 

The 23-year-old  Paraguayan joined the expansion team from Argentina’s Lanus and contributed nine goals and 14 assists in his first season to help the Five Stripes reach the playoffs with a 14-8-8 record.

Five out of the last seven MLS Newcomers of the Year have arrived from clubs in Argentina: Nicolas Lodeiro (Boca Juniors), Diego Valeri (Lanus), Federico Higuain (Colon) and Mauro Rosales (River Plate) in addition to Almiron.
 
The Newcomer of the Year Award is different than the Rookie of the Year in that the latter award is only open to players who have no previous pro experience.

Atlanta United teammate Julian Gressel won the 2017 Rookie of the Year award.

MLS Newcomers of the Year:
2017: Miguel Almiron – Atlanta United
2016: Nicolas Lodeiro – Seattle Sounders
2015: Sebastian Giovinco – Toronto FC
2014: Pedro Morales – Vancouver Whitecap
2013: Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers
2012: Federico Higuain – Columbus Crew SC
2011: Mauro Rosales – Seattle Sounders
2010: Alvaro Saborio – Real Salt Lake
2009: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders
2008: Darren Huckerby – San Jose Earthquakes
2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United

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