The Philadelphia Union’s youth academy can add yet another feather in its cap! Former Union striker Brenden Aarsonson is headed to the premier league as he is set to join Leeds United for $30 million. This per Fabrizio Romano
Official statement soon: Brenden Aaronson joins Leeds, deal set to be signed as expected. £28m fee and contracts now almost ready. ⚪️🇺🇸 #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 25, 2022
Medical will take place this week, as per @tombogert ⤵️✅ https://t.co/lZhTHgHvqC
Credit to Kevin Kinkead from Crossing Broad who made me aware of the move. When Aaronson first left the Union he set the record for an MLS home grown transfer fee. The original deal netted the Union around $9 million but they added a sell on fee for about 20%. So the $28 million dollar move to Leeds is going to net the Union a little over $5.5 million.
Jim Curtin and the Union have done a tremendous job building up their youth academy with tons of home grown talent. Brenden’s little brother Paxten is currently with the Union and some say he is actually better than Brenden.
Even if you dont follow the Union, or soccer, its pretty cool to see a local kid make the Premier League. Leeds narrowly avoided relegation after getting promoted a couple of years ago. There is a tremendous docu-series on Amazon Prime about Leeds called “Take Us Home Leeds” that I highly recommend. It will give you a nice look into the culture and team that Aaronson is walking into. (even if the coach in the show was sacked and replaced.)