Yet another USMNT player has made his way to the world’s biggest soccer league as Brenden Aaronson signs a new deal taking him to Leeds United.

Medford native Aaronson was one of the rising stars in Union’s academy through 2015-2020. Aaronson developed his game in the US before securing a move to Europe and turning out for Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg.

The family has deep ties to Philadelphia with younger brother Paxten Aaronson currently making his breakout season for the Union first team, also as a midfielder.

Aaronson follows a long list of Salzburg graduates who have made their way to the Premier League after impressing in the Austrian Bundesliga. One of note is Manchester City’s recent acquisition Erling Haaland who played alongside Aaronson’s USMNT colleague Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund before making the step up to England.

Both the Austrian and German Bundesliga have been seen as natural stepping stones to the English Premier League in recent years.

Aaronson’s deal to Salzburg was concluded back in 2020 in what was Union’s first outgoing European transfer. His spell has been a standout success with the attacking minded midfielder securing back to back season doubles, winning the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup.

It is unclear whether Union will acquire a cut of the overall $27 million transfer fee Leeds are paying for Aaronson.

Leeds United are currently a club in flux following the departure of former coach Marco Bielsa. In stepped Aaronson’s fellow RB Salzburg acolyte and US compatriot Jesse Marsch in February. Marsch recently successfully steered the Yorkshire side to Premier League safety on the last day of the season this May.

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Marsch and his team are undoubtedly the driving force behind the successful completion of Aaronson’s transfer to English football. Failed bids were originally submitted in the last January transfer window.

In fact Marsch and Aaronson crossed paths at Salzburg where the US coach employed the former Union graduate as part of a high-pressing 4-2-2-2 in a forward attacking role. It is likely that Aaronson will be utilized in a similar way. His ball carrying abilities have been noted in Austria although the physicality of the Premier League will take some adjustment. Aaronson can also play in a less favored deeper central midfield role and enjoys drifting onto the left wing going forward.

Aaronson has already earned a call up for his country, making five appearances in total over 2020-2021. He first featured in three friendlies against El Salvador, Jamaica, and Costa Rica. The former Union midfielder helped to steer the US national side to World Cup 2022 after appearances against Canada and Honduras.

Already scoring for the national team, Aaronson is yet to play a breakout role in the first eleven. A successful introduction to English football and appearances under his belt in the toughest soccer league in the world will only strengthen his case.

Although Aaronson faces stiff competition with a number of experienced and up and coming talents fighting for a spot on the plane to Qatar. The odds are in Aaronson’s favor though, with a US coach who knows how to get the best from his game. Watch this space.


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