Brenden Aaronson shines in Leeds United, Premier League debut

Aaronson’s debut came alongside two other MLS alumni in the starting XI: USMNT midfielder and New York Red Bulls homegrown product Tyler Adams, as well as former New York winger York City FCJack Harrison. Their team, of course, is led by former RBNY and CF Montreal head coach Jesse Marsch, who joined in February of the 2021-22 campaign and helped stave off relegation to the Championship.

Aaronson has competed in Europe since the winter of 2021, when he moved from Philadelphia to Austrian Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg, playing under Marsch and winning two league and cup titles apiece. He then secured a $30 million transfer to Leeds United, impressing in pre-season and becoming an important part of their fledgling EPL campaign.

Between Aaronson’s initial move to Salzburg and the transfer from Leeds, Philadelphia pocketed $14 million for their academy-developed star. During two seasons with the Union, he scored seven goals and registered nine assists in 51 games (48 starts), helping them win the 2020 MLS Supporters’ Shield title.

Aaronson projects himself as a key player for the USMNT at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, where they will compete in Group B alongside England, Iran and Wales. The Medford, New Jersey native has six goals in 22 caps.

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