Philadelphia Union: Brenden Aaronson becomes the club’s biggest export

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Brenden Aaronson is headed to Red Bull Salzburg in Austria for a reported fee of $6 million

The long-awaited announcement of Brenden Aaronson‘s transfer to Red Bull Salzburg has arrived. On Friday the club sent out the official communication of the 19-year-old player’s move to the Austrian club. ESPN has reported the fee is $6 million with $3 million in add-ons available if incentives are met.

Aaronson becomes the Philadelphia Union‘s biggest export to date. The club’s academy is an up and coming force in the Major League Soccer academy system. While other clubs such as FC Dallas have been the leaders in developing top-level talent, the gap is beginning to close as other MLS clubs are producing future stars.

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A bright future abroad

Salzburg is a great club to be at if you are a young player in Europe. The Austrian Bundesliga club has had a very good record of developing top-level talent. More recently, Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Erling Braut Haaland was one of Salzburg’s biggest transfers as he joined the German club in the January transfer window. He has gone on to become one of the best young players in the world.

At the moment, Salzburg has a very talented squad that includes future stars such as Dominik Szoboszlai and Patson Daka. Aaronson will be surrounded by many young players that have their sights set on bigger opportunities down the road in their careers. For this reason, this is a great club for Aaronson to be at as he beings his European career.

Salzburg has dominated the Austrian Bundesliga in recent years with seven consecutive titles. Under American head coach Jesse Marsch they have continued their dominance and will be looking for a better finish in the UEFA Champions League this season. Aaronson is joining a side with a rich history of success domestically. He should get opportunities to play in European competitions at the club.

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A run at MLS Cup still possible

Aaronson will remain with the Union for the remainder of the 2020 campaign. This will give him the opportunity to finish what he started this season. The Union will be headed to the MLS Cup playoffs and are one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference title and advance to the final in December. The 19-year-old has played in every single MLS fixture for the Union so far. In his 18 regular seasons appearances, Aaronson has recorded four goals and five assists. He is a major component of the Union’s squad and will be a key player for them in the playoffs.