Brenden Aaronson joins a familar face in the Bundesliga, after moving to Union Berlin on a season-long loan from Leeds United. bundesliga.com profiles the up-and-coming US international...
Stats correct as of 9 July 2023
Age: 22 (born 22 October 2000)
Club: Union Berlin
Position: Attacking midfielder/ winger
Country: USA (29 caps/ seven goals)
Aaronson joins Union fresh from helping the USA retain the CONCACAF Nations League title. The 5'8" attacker made four appearances group stage to final, scoring once - his seventh senior international goal. He had a direct hand in four goals across his 36 English Premier League appearances in the 2022/23 domestic season, though the campaign ended in his parent club's relegation to the second tier.
Aaronson's time in Austria proved more successful, the ex-Phladelphia Union youngster winning back-to-back domestic doubles with Red Bull Salzburg and reaching the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League round of 16. He featured in 66 competitive matches across two seasons at the club, registering 13 goals and 15 assists.
Watch: Brenden Aaronson touches down in Berlin!
Plays a bit like: Jamal Musiala
A lean and agile technician who looks like he was born with the ball at his feet, Aaronson is a high-energy playmaker in the mould of Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala. He'll drop deep to find holes in the opposition defence, but tends to pass rather than shoot once he does waltz behind the opposition defence. The American doesn't shirk his defensive duties either, and has proven himself an invaluable counter-presssing player for club and country.
Did you know?
Brenden is the older brother of Paxten Aaronson, who joined Eintracht Frankfurt in January 2023. The pair could become the first US-born siblings to play against each other in the Bundesliga, when Union host Frankfurt on Matchday 10.
Watch: Get to know Brenden's little bro
What they're saying
"Brenden's relentless. He's a guy that almost doesn't realise the magnitude of stuff because he’s so relentless, he just goes out there and does it." - USA head coach Gregg Berhalter
"He's like a weed. You almost see him grow before your eyes. It's really amazing. He's a special young man." - Aaronson's former Salzburg and Leeds coach Jesse Marsch
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