The beginning of the 2023 MLS regular season is around two weeks away. The Philadelphia Union is making some roster moves. A homegrown talent gets locked in, while a free agent signing is leaving the club. The Union has signed Jack McGlynn to a new contract in the last two days. They also mutually agreed to terminate the contract of Abasa Aremeyaw. Let’s take a closer look at both of these moves.
The McGlynn Signing
The McGlynn signing keeps the homegrown midfielder with the club until at least 2025. Philadelphia has club options for 2026 and 2027 in the deal. In 23 appearances last year (9 starts), McGlynn had one goal and three assists. He became the third-youngest player in MLS history to start in an MLS Cup Final. McGlynn helped the United States U-20 national team qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics. His potential is high, and the Union hopes to keep him on the squad for many years.
On the other side of the transaction list, the Union and defender Abasa Aremeyaw have mutually agreed to terminate his contract. The announcement came on Wednesday after the August 2022 signing didn’t make an appearance for Philadelphia last year. With the addition of Jamaican international Damion Lowe and homegrown defender Brendan Craig seeing more minutes. This left Aremeyaw as the odd man out. The writing was on the wall after the contract extension was given to Matt Real, and Wednesday confirmed it. With arguably the best center-back duo in MLS in Jakub Glesnes and Jack Elliot, the Union is set to make another run at the MLS Cup.
Are the Union
The Union are making moves and prepping to host Columbus Crew on Feb. 25 to begin the 2023 season. All the pieces are in place, and the team is ready to start the year. A packed Subaru Park as the Eastern Conference Champions banner is raised is the perfect way to kick it all off.