ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Thiago Almada and AT&T 5G Goal of the Week wins appear to go hand in hand. Atlanta United’s Argentine midfielder has received top honors (49.8%) for the third time this season, capturing the top place in Week 30 following his latest goal.
The league-record signing ($16 million from Independiente) showed a 4-2 victory over Toronto FC, curling an unstoppable shot into the upper-90 after some close-control maneuvering. Almada, 21, has received AT&T 5G Goal of the Week accolades in Weeks 4 and 25, underscoring his excellent start to his career with the Five Stripes.
With Almada in the first place, LAFC’s Cristian Arango took second place (19.6%) after scoring on a fantastic trivela ball from center-back Giorgio Chiellini in a 2-1, 10-man loss against FC Dallas. Lucas Zelarayan of the Columbus Crew finished third (18%) with an outside-the-foot rocket in a 2-2 tie at CF Montréal. With a top-corner strike that sealed a 3-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Colorado Rapids winger Jonathan Lewis finished fourth (12.7%).