Brenden Aaronson to Leeds United: USMNT midfielder leaves Red Bull Salzburg for Premier League

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Jesse Marsch and Leeds United have confirmed their first summer time signing since formally avoiding relegation and it has an enchantment to Americans. USMNT midfielder Brenden Aaronson, 21, will be part of Leeds from Red Bull Salzburg on a $30 million switch. Aaronson’s transfer has turn out to be the second costliest switch for an American participant behind Christian Pulisic’s $73 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea in 2019.

Aaronson and Marsch have a slight historical past collectively as Aaronson spent six months being coached by Marsch earlier than he took over Leipzig in Germany. Knowledge of the system that Marsch is putting in is a part of the enchantment with signing Aaronson alongside along with his versatility. 

“Jesse is a fantastic coach,” stated Aaronson of his time with Marsch on Leeds United TV. “I worked with him for half a year at Red Bull Salzburg and he was amazing. I was grateful to work with him then and I am grateful to work with him again, so I am excited. During the half-year I played under him, he taught me a lot. He taught me how to get into the final third to score goals and get assists, so that’s something I am looking to bring here.”

In the final yr with Salzburg, Aaronson and the staff accomplished the double by profitable the Austrian Bundesliga and the league cup for the second consecutive season. They additionally shocked Bayern Munich within the Champions League taking part in to a 1-1 draw within the first leg of the spherical of 16 the place Aaronson assisted the opener.

Aaronson has additionally turn out to be integral to Gregg Berhalter’s nationwide staff setup as his work charge and imaginative and prescient have helped him achieve a number of positions. Deputizing as an eight, 10 or a winger, Aaronson may help out in a number of roles in Marsch’s 4-2-2-2. Aaronson doubtless will not be a giant time scorer within the Premier League as he solely scored 4 targets and assisted 5 extra through the previous season in Austria. He’ll have a watch for the go earlier than the help and can assist transition protection into the assault. It’s going to be what makes Leeds United tick.

This is a coup of a signing for Leeds United as Aaronson was linked to the staff in January, however because of uncertainty about relegation and looming Champions League commitments for RB Salzburg, he did not transfer on the time. AC Milan additionally reportedly had their eyes on him on the time. With Leeds’ security secured, Salzburg didn’t stand in his approach since Leeds met their valuation of him.

From South Jersey to debuting for the Philadelphia Union in 2019 on to Austria in January of 2021, Aaronson has had fairly the upswing in his profession. Next up is the Premier League the place he’ll get to sq. off in opposition to fellow nationwide teamers Pulisic and Antonee Robinson. 

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