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U.S. Midfielder Brenden Aaronson to Leave Philadelphia Union for RB Salzburg

Brenden Aaronson is headed to RB Salzburg

Another of the U.S. men’s national team’s talented young prospects is headed overseas.

Brenden Aaronson, the Philadelphia Union’s 19-year-old breakout midfield star, is headed to RB Salzburg, where he’ll play for American manager Jesse Marsch, the Union announced on Friday. Aaronson will leave for Austria following the end of the 2020 MLS season, which is a boon for the Union, a team in contention for the Supporters’ Shield in the abbreviated campaign

He’ll be eligible to play for RB Salzburg when the winter transfer window opens on Jan. 1, and, according to the Union, he’s moving for “a multi-million-dollar transfer fee” plus additional bonuses, making his fee the highest “for a U.S.-based homegrown player.” According to ESPN, the initial fee is $6 million and could rise to as high as $9 million. That would be less than the reported $10 million fee Villarreal paid in 2008 for Jozy Altidore, but he was not technically a homegrown player for the New York Red Bulls. New York did fetch a $5 million fee for homegrown Matt Miazga from Chelsea in 2016, for comparison sake. (The fees for Tyler Adams’s move to RB Leipzig and DeAndre Yedlin’s to Tottenham were both reportedly in the $3-$4 million range.)

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