ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Argentine star midfielder Thiago Almada proved on April 9 that he is part of Atlanta United’s future stars.  In a 1-0 defeat on the road against Charlotte FC on Sunday, Almada showed tremendous performance, making all the hype of his signing worth it.

Despite being scoreless in the game, Almada’s created opportunities at a high rate. They finished the match with six key passes, jumping his season total to 10 after just four career MLS appearances. The 20-year-old showed performance beyond his age. “I think with Thiago, you can see a little bit of his creativity on the ball, and when he starts to connect with Marcelino, they just move the ball faster on the field,” Pineda said.

Last March 19, Almada scored one of the three goals in the Atlanta United’s come from behind 3-3 draw against the visiting CF Montreal at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Almada’In his second game in United’s uniform, s first goal in Major League Soccer. He corralled the ball from a corner kick and juked a defender to score a stunning final goal in the top right corner in the 85th minute.

Almada himself is pleased and thrilled with his first goal on American soil. “I felt a lot of happiness,” Almada said.
“Very, very happy to get the first goal for Atlanta. Obviously, I couldn’t celebrate it a lot because we were losing at the time, but just very happy to get that goal,” Almada added.