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Union homegrowns Paxten Aaronson, Quinn Sullivan, and Jack McGlynn are lighting it up with the USYNT-U20s. The trio has 5 goals for the US in the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. While Brandan Craig is contributing to lockdown defense.

The Union is missing their youth bench pieces. Despite the Union being shorthanded, the young homegrowns are shining with their extended minutes. Are the homegrowns forcing Jim Curtin’s hand to give them more minutes?

Goals Galore

In this window, the offensive 3 are lighting up the scoresheet. The latest coming from Quinn Sullivan. Sullivan notched a hat trick against Cuba. His 3rd goal of the game from a beautiful pass from Paxten Aaronson.

In the game before, Jack McGlynn scored a banger against Canada. McGlynn may have the best-left foot on the Union.

Things all got started during the first game of the window when Paxten Aaronson netted a brace in just 3 minutes.

The kids are balling right now. This is their first chance at an extended run of minutes all season. Are they due for a run with the Union starting 11?

More Minutes to Come?

There is no question that the trio of Aaronson, Sullivan, and McGlynn are balling right now. It comes at a time when the Union offense is looking about as stagnant as it has under Jim Curtin.

Should their play earn them more minutes? Absolutely. However, the question of whether they should be trusted into a starting role is a bit harder to answer.

Before the international break, Paxten Aaronson had already been used in Cory Burke’s role. A move that will hopefully continue with Sergio Santos’s availability in doubt for the near future. Especially with Burke playing at the lowest level we have seen from him.

The biggest dilemma is that the forward position is not the main root of the Union’s offensive woes. The midfield is not producing enough quality to get our forwards goals. The most glaring hole on the offense is Leon Flach. Flach brings a lot defensively. His offensive contribution is about 0. Could Jack McGlynn or Quinn Sullivan help that? Absolutely. However, Jim Curtin needs to decide whether Flach moves to a substitute role or if he stays a starter and gets subbed out.

Jim Curtin’s substitutions, or lack thereof, have always been rightfully scrutinized. While his bench is shorthanded with the kids away on the USYNT, Curtin has no excuse not to give them minutes when they return.

Curtin cannot continue to watch the offense lull for 80 minutes and throw Sullivan, Aaronson, or McGlynn in at the end. The kids deserve more of an opportunity to make an impact on the Union.

 

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