Brenden Aaronson is a professional soccer player from the United States who currently plays for Leeds United in the Premier League and the United States men's national soccer team. He was born on 22 October 2000 in Medford, New Jersey in the United States.
In September 2018, Aaronson's move to the Philadelphia Union for the 2019 season was announced. In his MLS debut on March 17, 2019, he scored his first professional goal, helping Philadelphia secure a draw against Atlanta United. Initially a backup, Aaronson thrived in the first team due to injuries and suspensions, excelling as a versatile midfielder.
During his rookie season, Aaronson was the runner-up for the 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year award. He contributed three goals and two assists in over 1,640 minutes played, making him the youngest among the top five finalists.
In 2020, Aaronson had a breakthrough year, making 31 appearances and scoring four goals in various competitions. His exceptional performances earned him accolades such as being selected for the 2020 MLS Best XI in both the regular season and the MLS is Back Tournament. Additionally, the Union secured the best record in the league and claimed their first-ever trophy, the 2020 Supporters' Shield.
Aaronson was set to join Red Bull Salzburg starting in January 2021 after the end of the MLS season. On January 25, Aaronson made his first appearance for Salzburg, coming off the bench in a 2-0 triumph over Rheindorf Altach. On May 1, Aaronson celebrated his first title with Salzburg as they triumphed over LASK with a 3-0 scoreline in the Austrian Cup final.
Leeds United confirmed the acquisition of Aaronson on May 26, 2022, signing him to a five-year contract set to commence on July 1. According to Sky Sports, the transfer fee amounted to £24.7 million. Aaronson made his first appearance in the senior league for Leeds on August 6, starting in the team's season opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers, where they secured a 2-1 victory at home.
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