Philadelphia Union Agree To Transfer Of Homegrown Midfielder Paxten Aaronson to Bundesliga Club Eintracht Frankfurt

CHESTER, PA (November 17, 2022) – The Philadelphia Union announced today that they have reached a transfer agreement with German league top club Eintracht Frankfurt for home midfielder Paxten Aaronson. The deal, which is Union’s fourth domestic European transfer, includes a multi-million dollar transfer fee as well as additional performance-based bonuses. The Union will also retain a percentage of any future transfer fees for Aaronson.

A local product from Medford, New Jersey, Aaronson first played for the Union Juniors and remained at the Philadelphia Union Academy throughout his youth. He signed a deal with the homegrown player on 19 August 2020, which saw him join the first team ahead of the 2021 season.

“Paxten has achieved so much in such a short space of time. He has worked incredibly hard and has taken advantage of every opportunity with the first team, Union II and the U-20 National Team,” said sporting director Ernst Tanner. “There has been interest in him for a long time and we believe this is the right move for the club and the player, putting him in good shape to continue to develop in one of the best leagues in the world. It is another great example of our growth philosophy and we are very proud of Paxten and wish him all the best in Frankfurt.”

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Aaronson made his first-team debut after going down in a 3–0 win over Portland on May 30, 2021. In his first start for the club, he scored the Union’s only goal against New England on August 8, 2021. In his two seasons with the club he scored four goals in 37 games, seven of which he started.

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Internationally, Aaronson has made 10 appearances for the U20 National Team. Last year, his performance at the CONCACAF U20 Championship led Team USA back to the FIFA U20 World Cup as well as the Olympics for the first time since 2008. Aaronson returned from the tournament as the Golden Boot winner with seven goals, and the Ballon d’Or winner, as the tournament’s top player. Additionally, his performances for the Union and on the international stage earned him the #12 spot on the Major League Soccer 22 Under 22 list, which highlights the best young players in MLS.

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Paxten is the second Aaronson to come out of the academy, make the first team and move to Europe on a multi-million dollar deal. The Union completed a historic transfer for his older brother, Brenden Aaronson, in 2020 to FC Red Bull Salzburg, in what was at the time the highest transfer fee ever for a US-based homegrown player.

Aaronson will join Eintracht Frankfurt, who have won one league, two Europa League trophies and five DFB-Pokal. The Europa League winners, known for their impressive development of the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha, Filip Kostic and Sebastian Haller, have qualified for the next round of the UEFA Champions League and will face Napoli in the last 16 on 21 February 2023. .


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