Brenden Aaronson has gelled right into Leeds United’s squad following his move to England this summer and after being denied his first league goal on opening weekend, the American attacker finally got to celebrate that achievement on Sunday.
Aaronson scored his first EPL goal in Leeds United’s 3-0 home win over Chelsea, setting the tone for a historic day for Jesse Marsch’s squad. It was Leeds United’s first victory over Chelsea since 2002 and its second through the opening three weeks of the new league season.
“That’s a special player making a great individual effort,” Marsch said postmatch about Aaronson. “He’s ruthless, he’s relentless. It’s amazing to see him continuing to grow week-to-week. I have seen this from him before. He’s so grounded, he’s so calm with himself. He’s been great for us so far.”
Aaronson’s pressure in the 33rd minute helped force an error from Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and open the scoring at Elland Road. The former Philadelphia Union homegrown poked possession away from Mendy in his own box before tapping into an empty net for a 1-0 Leeds United lead.
Leeds United continued to pressure in the first half and doubled its advantage on the verge of halftime through leading-scorer Rodrigo. Jack Harrison set up the Spanish forward for his third league goal of the season, extending the Lilywhites’ lead to 2-0.
Harrison added his first league goal of the season in the 69th minute to pad Leeds United’s advantage at 3-0.
Aaronson logged 83 minutes in the win while fellow American midfielder Tyler Adams went the distance. Aaronson won four fuels and completed one dribble while Adams won six duels and made three interceptions for Jesse Marsch’s squad.
Leeds United next hosts Barnsley in EFL Cup midweek action while Chelsea hosts Leicester City in league play on August 27.