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On Saturday night the Union defeated the New England Revolution in comeback fashion to win their third straight match as they tallied 11 goals in those three games with wins over the Revolution, Inter Miami CF, and D.C. United. The team is also on a four-game unbeaten run as they tied Columbus SC 0-0 prior to their monumental win over D.C. United which sparked the winning streak. This team is hot right now and its about damn time they started closing out games and earning three points opposed to tying too much.

An important factor of this stretch has been the rise of youngster Jack McGlynn and the offensive explosion he has produced over the last few games. Since Sergio Santos was sold, McGlynn has seen more minutes in the attacking midfield as he earned a start for the first time in awhile on Saturday night at home. McGlynn has notched 107 minutes in two of the last three games after he made an appearance as a substitute in the road victory against Miami.

In Saturday’s 2-1 win, the Homegrown played a large part in the squad’s 20 shots and six shots on goal, along with their 84% passing rating. McGlynn showcased his maturity by staying patient for offensive opportunities and being active in the attack and ripped off a few dangerous shots of his own to keep the pressure on Bruce Arena’s side. The Union were winless against the Revs in their last five matchups with a mark of 0-3-2, but they were finally able to snap that skid with the win over the weekend.

It was quite refreshing to see McGlynn have this type of impact on a game, and it gives fans hope for the future of the young bucks on the team. Hopefully McGlynn’s movement off the ball and ability to string together passes using his teammates in the midfield will continue to improve so that he can be a strong force in the Union lineup.

Thanks to McGlynn, Philadelphia has some leeway and flexibility with how they line up against opponents, even keeping in consideration the loss of Santos. The Union seemed to have all of a sudden solved their scoring issues and in a big way, giving manager Jim Curtin some breathing room. It will be interesting to see how Philly can keep this going, and McGlynn will be a crucial key in continuing this momentum as the dog days of summer power on. As for now, McGlynn and the Boys in Blue are sitting pretty in first place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points and an impressive league-low two losses in 2022.


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