Brenden Aaronson will remain with the Philadelphia Union until the end of the season, according to a report by MLSSoccer.com that says a verbal agreement has been reach between the Union and Red Bull Salzburg for his transfer.
Aaronson staying to finish out the 2020 season would be a huge lift not only for the Union but for fans fretting about the prospect of a postseason run without the budding star 19-year-old.
The Austrian club is coached by American Jesse Marsch, who played with Union head coach Jim Curtin at Chivas USA and Chicago Fire. It’s also where Union sporting director Ernst Tanner was when he took the job succeeding Ernie Stewart at the Union.
The deal is not yet finalized, according to the report citing unnamed sources. Aaronson still has to undergo a medical and finalize small details, the report states.
Speculation over Aaronson’s pending transfer has intensified since he has more or less picked up where he left off in his rookie season. Hoffenheim, Celtic and Anderlecht have been some of the clubs mentioned as being interested in the Medford, N.J. native, who joined the Union Academy from Real Jersey FC back in 2013 and signed a homegrown deal with the first team prior to the 2019 season.