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Union sign defender Auston Trusty as a Homegrown Player

Per a press release, the club feels the center back and US youth international is ready for the next step in his progression.

The Union academy system continues to bear fruit as Auston Trusty became the second Union Homegrown signing in 2016. The 17-year-old center back graduated in June.

Trusty followed the path to the first team the Union organization has laid out: academy, Bethlehem Steel (where he’s made 13 starts this year), then the Union. The Media native has appeared for both the US U-17 side and has been called up to the U-20 side three times this year. He’s very athletic and may provide another option for coach Jim Curtin down the stretch as the defense has faltered of late, most recently conceding a stoppage time equalizer versus DC United last week.

If the Union hope to be competitive on a budget for years to come, these are the kind of signings they need. They need to grow and train their own players and then sign them to first team deals instead of watching them go off to college. With every signing that happens this way, it provides more hope for those in the academy that they can go pro when they graduate instead of being forced into the antiquated college soccer system, where players don’t get the reps they need to truly grow and flourish for three or four years.

It’ll be exciting to see how the youngsters like Derrick Jones and Trusty do with the big squad. One thing Curtin has shown is he’s not scared to play whoever he thinks is the best out there, regardless of age. That could open the door for both Jones and Trusty either sooner or later.