The Union has historically struggled into new seasons. In 2022, the Union’s 7 points after Week 3 give them their best start in club history and have them tied for the top of MLS.

Last season, the Union had just 1 point after the first 3 games. The last time the Union had a start this good was in 2016 when they had 6 points after 3 games.

The Union’s 2 wins and 1 draw have them among the 7 undefeated teams remaining in MLS. They are also tied for most in points in all of MLS.

Union fans are not used to starts like this. The Union is normally a team that needs some time to gain momentum before they start piling up points. The successful start to the 2022 season shows all hype may be legitimate.

Union Doing What Good Teams Do

The Union has started the season by doing what good teams do. That is beat teams they are better than.

Minnesota United is one of the other remaining Undefeated teams in MLS. A come from behind draw in the season opener against them is welcomed by the Union.

Beating Montreal on the road and San Jose at home is what the Union needed. The Union arent going to go undefeated. However, if the Union wants to be considered top of the league, they have to beat teams they are better than consistently. That is exactly how they have opened the season.

Winning Despite Missing Pieces

A huge factor for the Union has been the ability to score goals without their main guys out there.

Big signee Mikael Uhre has played just 30 minutes. He was due to make his first start last weekend but picked up a quad injury in training. The Union also missed Julian Carranza last game due to his red card in Montreal.

Despite that, Daniel Gazdag and Cory Burke have stepped up. They each have 2 goals. Gazdag has been key to the Union attack. A big factor this year was Gazdag running away with the Number 10 spot, and so far he is.

The Union will hopefully get their DPs back and together soon. Despite scoring goals, the offense has not made the most of its opportunities.

The Union has 38 shots on the year, only 13 have gone on target.

Can the Winning Continue?

A quick look down the schedule and you could see the Union could keep racking up points early this year.

This weekend they take on NYCFC at Yankee Stadium. All jokes aside about their putrid banner, the Union have a realistic shot for their first win at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC travels to Guatemala for the CONCACAF Champions League during the week. The Union could easily take advantage of a jet-lagged NYCFC to at least grab a point on the road.

After that, the Union welcomes Charlotte FC to Subaru Park for the first time ever. The expansion team has struggled, and 3 points at home should be the expectation for the Union.

The Union could easily be sitting at 11 or more points through the first 5 weeks of the MLS season. Once they get their missing pieces together, The Union could be leading one of the best seasons in club history if they keep building.

 

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