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Americans Abroad Player of the Week: Paxten Aaronson


Paxten Aaronson’s second season with Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt has begun with the American midfielder enjoying a larger first-team role.

Aaronson helped Eintracht Frankfurt reach the UEFA Europa Conference League group stage while also assisting once in Sunday’s draw with Cologne. The 20-year-old earned SBI Americans Abroad Player of the Week honors as he stepped up big time for Dino Toppmoller’s squad.

Aaronson logged 83 minutes in Thursday’s 2-0 second leg victory over Levski Sofia in Conference League Qualifying. Despite Eintracht Frankfurt playing out a 1-1 draw in Bulgaria the week prior, the hosts comfortably booked its place in the Conference League group stage.

Aaronson followed up his first competitive start for the club by coming off the bench and making an impact on home soil Sunday. After coming on as an 80th minute substitute, Aaronson needed just seven minutes to set up Niels Nkounkou for a tying goal.

Eintracht Frankfurt heads into the September international break but returns to league play on Sept. 16 against Bochum.

Here is a look at some of the other top Americans Abroad performers from this past week:

Sergino Dest

Sergino Dest is gelling right into the PSV starting lineup since he arrived in Eindhoven.

Dest made back-to-back starts over the past week, helping PSV to a pair of lopsided victories. PSV reached the UEFA Champions League group stage on Tuesday after rolling past Rangers 5-1 in second leg qualifying action.

Dest also played 84 minutes on Saturday as PSV defeated RKC Waalwijk 4-0 away from home. He won six of 12 duels in Eredivisie play, while also making three recoveries, and completing five of his six dribble attempts.

The 22-year-old now heads into international duty on a high note.

John Brooks

John Brooks’ wait to score his first Hoffenheim goal came to an end on Saturday.

The veteran centerback helped spring a second-half comeback on home soil as Hoffenheim defeated Wolfsburg 3-1. Brooks’ left-footed finish in first-half stoppage time made it 1-1 between the two Bundesliga clubs before Hoffenheim scored twice after the interval.

Brooks also made seven clearances, two interceptions, and three recoveries as Hoffenheim earned back-to-back victories.

Tanner Tessmann

Tanner Tessmann also featured twice this past week as Venezia earned four points out of six available.

Tessmann scored a stunning winning goal on Wednesday as Venezia defeated Sampdoria 2-1 away from home. His long-range free kick in the final moments helped Venezia defeat one of the promotion contenders.

Tessmann added a second-straight 90 minute performance on Saturday as he finished the match with the most chances created (2) and dribbles completed (3). He also won nine of 16 duels.

The 21-year-old was rewarded by being included in the USMNT September roster following Johnny Cardoso’s ankle injury.

Sam Vines

It was a pretty positive week for Royal Antwerp and USMNT left back Sam Vines, who featured twice before suffering an injury in league play.

Vines logged 90 minutes on Thursday as Royal Antwerp defeated AEK Athens 2-1 in Conference League Qualifying, advancing 3-1 on aggregate. The former Colorado Rapids homegrown followed that up by scoring his first goal of the season in Antwerp’s 2-2 Pro League draw on Sunday.

Vines left the match before halftime due to an injury, but that still doesn’t rule out his impactful performances this week.

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  1. Dest moved over to RB with the return of Van Anhol’s return. Bummer for Sammy finally gets back, scores a goal, then subbed out after 29 minutes for injury.


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