Philadelphia Union ‘will not rest’ after historic 2022 season

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Union’s last big outgoing transfer took place this week, when Aaronson officially joined Frankfurt in a deal that sources say is worth $4m plus add-ons and a hefty sell clause.

He made his MLS debut in 2021 and has recorded 37 MLS appearances, scoring four goals in 1,006 minutes. Led by Aaronson, USA won the 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship and qualified for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup and Summer Olympics. The youngster won the Ballon d’Or and the Golden Boot for his efforts.

Frankfurt were among many clubs interested in signing Aaronson and made him a long-term target. They are currently fourth in the Bundesliga, and Aaronson will join this winter, have a few months to adjust and hopefully enter the regular first-team rotation next summer.

“The first talks with Frankfurt started last year,” Tanner said. “They came here to follow him, they know his potential. The fact that he has a brother [Leeds United’s Brenden Aaronson] in the Premier League, playing very well, it helps predict his future.

“It’s early for him, but at the same time, I’m glad he’s up to the challenge,” Tanner continued. “Frankfurt is a good club, a good place with great coaches. It has time to adapt.”

Aaronson’s lack of starts in 2022 isn’t because he wasn’t ready, but because he was stuck behind MLS MVP candidate and Hungary international Daniel Gazdag. The attacking midfielder had 22g/10y, a phenomenal individual season.

“Paxten works incredibly hard, he’s a bit unlucky,” Tanner said. “If you have a guy in your position who scores more than 20 goals, in the discussion for MVP, it’s not easy. Every time [Aaronson] played, he did well. The clubs focus on the young talents they can develop.”

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