NEW YORK (Monday, November 20, 2017) – Major League Soccer today announced Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón as the 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year. The award recognizes the year’s most impactful new MLS player, who has prior professional experience.
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Prior to debuting in MLS, Almirón led Argentinian club Lanús to two major championships in 2016, including the Copa Bicentenario, and Lanus’ second-ever Primera División title. The crafty midfielder has been a mainstay on Paraguay’s National Team, earning caps in both the 2016 Copa America Centenario and in recent FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
The Newcomer of the Year Award recognizes players with previous professional experience, which makes rookies ineligible for consideration. Similarly, players eligible for Newcomer of the Year are ineligible for Rookie of the Year.
The award was voted on by MLS club management, media, and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results:
2017: Miguel Almirón – Atlanta United
2016: Nicolás Lodeiro – Seattle Sounders FC
2015: Sebastian Giovinco – Toronto FC
2014: Pedro Morales – Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2013: Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers
2012: Federico Higuaín – Columbus Crew SC
2011: Mauro Rosales – Seattle Sounders FC
2010: Álvaro Saborío – Real Salt Lake
2009: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC
2008: Darren Huckerby – San Jose Earthquakes
2007: Luciano Emílio – D.C. United