2 Atlanta United players make MLS Best XI

Atlanta United forward Giorgos Giakoumakis #7 controls the ball during the first half of the match against Cincinnati FC at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday October 21, 2023. (Photo by Mitch Martin/Atlanta United)

Credit: Mitch Martin/Atlanta United

Credit: Mitch Martin/Atlanta United

Atlanta United forward Giorgos Giakoumakis #7 controls the ball during the first half of the match against Cincinnati FC at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday October 21, 2023. (Photo by Mitch Martin/Atlanta United)

Atlanta United striker Giorgos Giakoumakis and attacking midfielder Thiago Almada were named to the MLS Best XI that was announced Tuesday.

Giakoumakis was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year after scoring 17 goals this season. Almada was named the MLS Young Player of the Year after scoring 11 goals with a league-best 19 assists.

Atlanta United finished sixth in the East and was beaten by Columbus in the playoffs.

Lawrenceville native Walker Zimmerman, a centerback for Nashville, also made the Best XI.

The rest of the best XI:

Goalkeeper: Roman Bürki (St. Louis City SC)

Defenders: Matt Miazga (FC Cincinnati), Tim Parker (St. Louis City SC), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC).

Midfielders: Luciano “Lucho” Acosta (FC Cincinnati), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United), Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo FC), Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC).

Forwards: Dénis Bouanga (LAFC), Giorgos Giakoumakis (Atlanta United), Juan ‘Cucho’ Hernández (Columbus Crew)

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