Young Union Players Shining For the United States U20 Team
The Union are starting to play very well. They have not lost an actual MLS match since early April. And that was a 1-0 loss to the best team in the MLS, FC Cincinnati. They are 4th in the Table in the Eastern Conference right now, but within striking distance to move up to 2 soon if they keep winning. But it is not just in the MLS we are seeing them shine. Because two young Union players are shining on a different pitch too.
The U20 Mens World Cup is currently underway. And Team USA is not doing too bad for itself. They just advanced to the Quarter Finals after beating New Zealand 4-0 on Tuesday. And behind that success so far, there are two Union players helping them get this far. Defensive Mid-Fielder Brandan Craig, and Mid-Fielder Jack McGlynn. Both guys have started every game so far for Team USA. Craig has taken that one step further. He has played every single minute for Team USA so far. Attacking Midfielder Quinn Sullivan is also part of the team, but has not seen the pitch as much as his two Union teammates.
Craig even got involved with the scoring vs New Zealand. It was his well-placed Free Kick that led to Rokas Pukstas goal in the 82nd minute.
This is the 4th time in a row Team USA made the Quarterfinals. Their next match will be the winner of Gambia vs. Uruguay. That game takes place on Sunday at 5 pm on FS2. If they win that, it will be the first time they made it to the Semi-Finals since 1989.
It is certainly good to see two Union players contributing on that National Stage. Maybe one day we will get to see them contributing in the Actual World Cup. But for now, we get to see them shine on both the U20 team, and of course the Union themselves.