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Reports: Aaronson finalizing Red Bull Salzburg transfer, will finish season with Union


Brenden Aaronson’s long-rumored move to Red Bull Salzburg is reportedly in the closing stages, with the Philadelphia Union playmaker set to join the Austrian champions in January.

Aaronson is putting the finishing touches on a transfer, according to multiple reports on Monday. Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Stephan Reiter appeared on Austrian television and confirmed that Aaronson would be joining the Austrian champions in January.

The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to Europe after impressing in his first season with the Union in 2019-20. Bundesliga side Hoffenheim and Scottish Premiership side Celtic were also linked with Aaronson’s services this summer, but Red Bull Salzburg looks to have won the race for his signature.

A Medford, New Jersey native, Aaronson came through the Union’s ranks as a Homegrown player. In his 45 combined league appearances, Aaronson has scored seven goals and added five assists, helping the Union win their first-ever home playoff match.

His numbers have improved this season to four goals and three assists in 15 appearances, while also making his senior debut for the U.S. Men’s National Team back in February.

Aaronson will join fellow American Jesse Marsch, who is in his second season as manager of the Austrian Bundesliga side. Red Bull Salzburg won a domestic double in Marsch’s first season as manager and has already started the new season unbeaten.

The Union sit third in the Eastern Conference following Saturday’s loss to Toronto FC.


  1. Why would I go to watch the farm club of an Austrian team that plays in a league that draws no fans?
    I wouldn’t
    Go Sounders and other teams that are trying to win

      • Probably eventually but Salzburg plays a 4-2-2-2 without any 8s. Or his finishing improves in Europe and he stays an attacker.

    • with his stats he is probably a 6. i think he can hit a nice pass every once in a while but how often? so the question is can he defend. the US could use a 6 who could both defend and pass.

      the positive thing i see is marsch pulling MLS players along with him. i do kind of wonder why so few RBNY going across to RB teams across the pond. it feels odd it’s a union kid and you’d think it would be a ready made supply. i thought there would be more tyler adamses.

      • RB hasn’t really had a top talent come out of their academy since Adams. They have some MLS level guys but not ones good enough to make the jump to Europe. Caden Clark might be able to when he turns 18 good young prospect but he just came RBNY this year after being with Barca Academy. RB still needs to obtain his rights from Minnesota United because he’s from Minneapolis. Kyle Duncan could probably play for Salzburg but he’s had some injuries. I’m sure a RBNY could think of a couple other prospects but no one that has starred at the top level.

      • i see your point but i thought adams would be the beginning of this steady flow of RB talent to RB Austrian or German teams. i think they even have a team or two elsewhere. and then they instead are after a union kid. i grant what you say, it suggests they aren’t running ship shape.

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