Brenden Aaronson to Join Union Berlin on Loan from Leeds United
Union Berlin are finalising the loan signing of U.S. national team midfielder Brenden Aaronson from Leeds United . The 22-year-old American joined Leeds last summer for around €32 million ($35m) from RB Salzburg. Aaronson appeared in 36 of the club’s 38 Premier League games, scoring one goal and providing three assists. However, Leeds United’s relegation from the Premier League has led to Aaronson’s expected departure this summer.
Union Berlin finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time. Aaronson will join fellow USMNT teammate Jordan Pefok in the Union Berlin squad. The move to Union Berlin offers Aaronson the opportunity to play in the Champions League next season.
Aaronson has 29 caps with the USMNT, including appearances in all four games at the World Cup. Prior to his move to England, he made 57 appearances for the Philadelphia Union. Aaronson’s brother, Paxten Aaronson, plays for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
Leeds United’s relegation triggered a release clause in Aaronson’s contract, allowing him to seek a move away from the club. The loan switch to Union Berlin is expected to be a season-long deal.