KENYA BROWN - Friday, October 16, 2020
Brenden Aaronson will be heading to Austria in the new year as it was announced on Friday that the midfielder has completed a transfer to the Austrian Bundesliga team Red Bull Salzburg.
There are no confirmed details on the transfer fee, but according to reports, the reigning champions have paid the Philadelphia Union an initial six million dollars with an additional three million dollars if certain criteria are reached. The Union will also receive 10-20 percent of any future transfer depending on how long Aaronson stays at Salzburg.
This marks as a special moment for the Union as Aaronson becomes the first of their homegrown players to be transferred to a European team.
The New Jersey native had been getting interest from several teams in Europe, with Spanish La Liga's Barcelona being one of the teams keeping tabs on the midfielder.
Aaronson started out at the Philadelphia Union's academy when he was 11 years old. After progressing his way through their system, he went on to sign a homegrown contract in 2018. This would then lead him to play his first professional games with the team's affiliate, Bethlehem Steel in the USL Championship.
On March 17, 2019, Aaronson would make his debut for the Union and score his first goal in their 1-1 tie with Atlanta United. His performances throughout the season would see him finish second in Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year vote.
The once capped U.S. national team player will finish the season with the Union before heading over to Europe where he will join up with Salzburg head coach Jesse Marsch and the team in January 2021.