Yaro vs. Montreal

2017 Union Year in Review: Josh Yaro

Josh Yaro's 2017 sophomore season featured a lot of peaks and valleys during the course of the eight months. He saw playing time with both the Union and Bethlehem Steel FC after battling back from an injury which sidelined him for months to start the season. But even with a trying season, Yaro still managed to put himself in a position for a positive season in 2018. 

Yaro's 2017 season started with a setback, as the Union announced he would be out for three to four months when he underwent shoulder surgery. He suffered a torn labrum during the team's preseason and needed surgery to repair the issue. 

So during the first three months of the season, Yaro was sidelined where he battled back and tried to get back to being first-team fit. On June 3, in the Union's match against New York City FC, Yaro made his first appearance of the 2017 season, serving as a substitution and playing 19 minutes. 

After his appearance with the Union, Yaro got more game minutes when he started for Bethlehem Steel FC the following day. He earned another start with Steel FC before returning to the Union, where he came off the bench in the team's match against New England after being in the game day 18 for the two previous matches. During that stretch, Yaro also started two games for the Union during the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Yaro was in the game day 18 for the next two games, and subbed on for the Union in the team's international friendly against Swansea City AFC. Yaro finally got his first MLS start for the Union when he was in the starting XI against Columbus on July 22. He failed to see the pitch in the next three games, but made consecutive starts in the following two games. 

Yaro made his final appearance for the Union in 2017 against Atlanta United FC, where he played 52 minutes. However, he did play two more matches for Steel FC for his final game minutes in 2017. 

With the Union, Yaro appeared in six games, starting four, and playing more than 350 minutes. For Steel FC, Yaro started in all five games he appeared in, playing more than 400 minutes. Combined, Yaro played in 11 games, starting in nine, with more than 800 minutes played. Between the Union and Steel FC, Yaro had 38 clearances, six blocks, 17 interceptions and completed 407 passes with an 89 percent passing accuracy.

Despite missing more than three months to start off the season, Yaro managed to earn a healthy amount of minutes within the Union organization in 2017. The key for Yaro will be to use the offseason to continue to stay in shape and enter the 2018 season completely healthy. If he does that, he'll be in a good position to put together an impressive season for the Union organization. 

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