SSFC Spotlight: Jack McGlynn Makes an Impact at the CONCACAF U-20

The US U-20 team only needed two matches to reach the knockout stage of the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Several interesting players appeared during the competition, showcasing the next generation of American talent. The second match, in which the two teams drew 2-2 with Canada, saw an amazing goal from Jack McGlynn. The 18-year-old Philadelphia Union midfielder has made huge strides over the past few seasons, showing signs of being a potential star player in the future.

McGlynn was born in Queens, New York and played football for BW Gottschee club, where his father is a freelance manager. In 2019, he joined Philadelphia Union Academy. The club quickly promoted him to the reserve team, but his start at the professional level was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing him to return home to train with his brother, Conor of Hartford Athletic. In his first season, the midfielder contributed five goals and three assists in 14 games, earning twice the USL Team of the Week honors.

Following his success, McGlynn was signed to the MLS team. “We are excited to welcome Jack to the first team,” said sporting director Ernst Tanner. “After signing with Union II, he has continued to impress the technical staff with his development having made an early impact with our USL team. His ability to play through midfield and his ability to process new information and put it into practice on the pitch at an early age shows just how high his ceiling is.” .

In 2021 McGlynn made 25 appearances in all competitions, including appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League and all three matches during the MLS Cup qualifiers. After converting a penalty kick in a penalty shootout against Nashville SC, he started in the Eastern Conference Final, losing 2–1 to final champion New York City FC. While adjusting to “game speed,” the teen took advantage of veteran leadership, while “playing with confidence” in training and receiving one-on-one instruction from manager Jim Curtin.

Although ready to increase the minutes, McGlynn split time between the first team and reserves at the MLS Next Pro. He has appeared eight times in the first division, all coming on as a substitute, with observers beginning to call for more inclusion due to his “creativity” and ability to “open up a laid-back defense with his movement”. Amid speculation of an eventual move to Europe, the midfielder has signed with Roc Nation Sports International, becoming the agency’s first MLS player.

“I don’t think there’s pressure,” McGlynn told Views from the bridge Podcast commenting on the club’s recent history of successful transfers. “I guess right now I’m just focusing on getting more minutes [in Philadelphia]to become a start, [and] show myself. We’ll see what happens from there. Obviously Europe would be a really big target for me, but it’s not something I’m focusing on right now. I focus here. “

At the international level, McGlynn, who may also be eligible to join Ireland, began taking calls to the US Under-14 program and helped the U-16 team win Nike 2019 friendlies. Head coach Mickey Varas named him to the squad for the 2022 tournament. CONCACAF U-20. He appeared in all three group stage matches, including the start and play 90 minutes against Canada. His superb long-distance goal helped secure a crucial point to advance to the playoffs.

Described as having a “high-level football IQ” and “incredibly high ceiling”, McGlynn is an equal midfielder with a “soft left foot” and a devastating scoring touch from distance. As expected of a union player, he is a sophisticated pressing player, handling and winning duels against opponents from the “left side of the diamond”. His passing and dribbling stats are well above the average MLS, and he always looks to play the ball forward, while his ‘Progressive Passes’ and ‘Shot Creation Actions’ are in 96The tenth and 97The tenth percentage, respectively. Marcus Shires chasing the cup He points out that his physicality and his “sixth sense of the game” need to improve in order to overcome his “movement limitations”.

Frequently pushed into the final third, McGlynn looks forward to playing the bold division of balls to the attackers. It displays a consistent spacing in the build and the last third, making it available as an outlet for his teammates. Immediately after the Federation lost possession, its response was to quickly re-engage and attack the opponent or retreat, and was able to make the necessary “big interventions” and “small defensive plays”. villa It is lauded as a ‘competition-focused’ and ‘accurate lane across the board’ with a ‘wide stride [that] It allows him to cover a lot of transition spaces “without” losing possession cheaply. “

“It stands up somewhat for the ease of playing this game,” He said Sports Director Ernst Tanner. “His artistic actions are always obvious. His decision-making is always the way we want to play. For such a young boy he makes very few mistakes, which is not normal for me. But his mind, skills, character and everything is so positive that it is only a matter of time and also A matter of patience on our part as well as on his part.”

Players are judged based on abilities that go far beyond the dazzling finishing touches spread across social media. Although McGlynn has provided a major solo moment for the United States, his excellent passing ability and professional mentality are perhaps even more impressive. With constant development, he must grow into a key player in Philadelphia before ideally advancing to an even greater stage at club level and internationally.

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