Thiago Almada’s superb free kick sees Atlanta United win on the opening day

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Atlanta United FC
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Atlanta United took a while to get into the game after falling behind San Jose Earthquakes only 12 minutes into the game, only two stoppage time free kicks Thiago Almada It was enough to see off the five streak with a 2-1 win. That’s the new player who beats the Designated Player Giorgos Giakoumakisit was a game that was going to be tough sledding for Gonzalo Pineda and the team, and it was.

After Jeremy Ebobisse opened the scoring, Atlanta had a chance to equalize the scoring from the penalty spot but Luiz Araujo missed everything including the goal to keep San Jose ahead. Atlanta absorbed pressure as San Jose took the lead thanks to that Game Miles Robinson return from an Achilles injury in May 2022 but reigning young player of the year Almada was the reason Atlanta won the game.

His first goal was a strike from outside the box to Daniel there was no chance to stop San Jose in the 93rd minute. It was a goal that felt like an important equaliser, but Almada would not stop there when Atlanta won a free kick in the 99th minute. Rising with confidence, he also shot that home run starting Atlanta’s season off on the right foot.

Almada equalizer:

Almada surpasses himself with the winning goal:

Moments like this are what Almada has experienced at the World Cup Argentina shows. Learning from players like Lionel Messi and Angela Di Maria Becoming the first player to win the World Cup while playing in MLS, this was no big deal for Almada. He and Atlanta United needed that win after a season where they missed the playoffs and club legend Josef Martinez moved to them Between Miami.

It would be easy to pass on the opening day win at San Jose late and let San Jose take the opening day, but wins like this go a long way in building the team’s confidence. With Robinson back and Almada able to score from anywhere on the field, Giakumakis can help lift this team back to the upper reaches of the Eastern Conference. The Five Stripes will have to prove they can be consistent, but if Almada is building on a season in which he scored six goals and assisted on another seven, it will be difficult for Atlanta to stop him.

Also, if it continues at this rate to be only 21, move like Miguel Almiron going to United Newcastle could also be on the horizon. Almada is becoming a performer to watch and should be enjoyed while he remains in the league. We’ll probably see more of him with Argentina too if this keeps up.

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