Atlanta United FC sending two players to MLS All-Star Game

ATLANTA -- Four months into their inaugural season, Atlanta United FC has had two players named to the 2017 MLS All-Star roster.

Midfielder Miguel Almiron and defender Greg Garza were voted in the MLS All-Star Fan XI, the league announced on Friday.

The All-Star game is Aug. 2 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The MLS All-Stars will go up against Real Madrid, the reigning La Liga and UEFA Champions League winners.

Almiron has scored eight goals and has eight assists this season. The designated player had a hat-trick on May 20 against Houston Dynamo, and he has netted some incredible, highlight-worthy goals for the Five Stripes this season. The Paraguayan international was the MLS Player of the Week twice and Team of the Week five times in the first half of the season.

Garza has one goal on the season and two assists, and he has been a part of four clean sheets this year. He was named to the MLS Team of the Week twice this season. Garza is on loan from Tijuana.

Veljko Paunovic, head coach of the Chicago Fire, will coach the All-Stars. There are still more players to be named to the squad, which means more players from Atlanta could soon be booking their ticket to Chicago. 

One likely player to get named is Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez. Martinez has nine goals this season despite missing several months with an injury.

Here is the rest of the MLS All-Star Game Fan XI

GK (1)
Tim Howard
Defenders (3)
Greg Garza
Graham Zusi
DaMarcus Beasley
Midfielders (4)
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Miguel Almirón
Michael Bradley
Forwards (3)
Sebastian Giovinco – EA More Than A Vote winner
David Villa
Nemanja Nikolic

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