Official: Brenden Aaronson signed by Red Bull Salzburg for record fee

The Philadelphia Union announced Friday that it has reached an agreement for the American midfielder to join Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg at the end of the MLS season.

That makes it “the highest ever transfer fee for a U.S.-based homegrown player,” exceeding the $5 million paid by Chelsea in 2016 for New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga.

My family had tickets to the inaugural season, so I grew up watching the team from the very beginning and I remember hoping one day to be on that field scoring in front of the home crowd.

He joined his first senior national team camp last fall and debuted as a starter in a January friendly against Costa Rica.

He’ll join a club with a track record of acquiring, developing and selling on young talent, including Sadio Mane (now with Liverpool after a stint at Southampton) and Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund).

“Brenden Aaronson is considered one of the greatest talents in the MLS, his dynamism and his presence on the field are extraordinary for a 19-year-old,” Red Bull Salzburg Sporting Director Christoph Freund said.

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