During the 2017 season, the Union have seen many players make their way to the pitch. Most are roster regulars, like Andre Blake, Alejandro Bedoya and Richie Marquez.
But this season, the Union have seen seven players make their Union debut.
Haris Medunjanin, Oguchi Onyewu, Derrick Jones, Jay Simpson, Jack Elliott, Fafa Picault, and Adam Najem have all made their debuts this season.
Medunjanin, Onyewu, Jones and Simpson all started for the Union in the team's season opener in Vancouver, and Fafa came on as a sub in the match. Jack Elliott made his MLS debut against DC United after Richie Marquez was forced to leave the game. Najem is the only player to make his debut at home, doing so against New York City FC.
All of these players have made an impact on the team as well. Medunjanin leads the Union with three assists, while Simpson scored the first goal of the Union's season. Derrick Jones started the first four games of the season and has been a useful sub for the Union since Bedoya moved to the No. 8 spot. Onyewu has looked 10 years younger out on the pitch, playing physical defense, while Fafa provides speed off the bench, which is especially useful late in games. And Najem covers a lot of ground at the No. 10 and will be a key part of the Union's future.
With so many new players getting time on the pitch this season, the Union are still searching for what combination works the best. But gaining experience is key, and having so many players making MLS debuts this season allows the Union to continue to evaluate talent moving forward.