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Brenden Aaronson takes “outstanding” mindset into latest USMNT duty

Brenden Aaronson’s loan spell with Union Berlin has officially come to an end and U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter believes that his latest club adventure will payoff this summer on the international stage.

Aaronson recently helped Union Berlin fight off Bundesliga relegation by earning a 2-1 victory over Freiburg, assisting once in the result. The USMNT midfielder overcame some rough moments in Germany this season, delivering positive 2024 performances against Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen, Bochum, and most recently Freiburg.

After suffering English Premier League relegation last season with Leeds United, Aaronson is set to return to Elland Road in the coming months, with his long-term future unknown. However, on the international level, the 23-year-old is back in the USMNT fold ahead of June friendlies vs. Colombia and Brazil.

Aaronson has already earned 40 caps to date with the USMNT and a positive end to his loan spell in Germany could be what sparks him into an impactful role at the Copa America.

“Things aren’t always perfect, and what we’re looking for when things aren’t perfect is the determination, the resiliency to keep going and keep battling,” Berhalter said Monday. “When you look at Brenden, in particular, I think the mindset that he showed throughout the course of this year has been outstanding.

“He worked his way to be a starting player. I don’t know if you saw, on the last day of the season, Union Berlin was able to survive and he played a big part in that. That goes a long way,” he added. “We’re hoping that he can take this experience and continue to grow, continue to progress, but he’s been an important part of what we’ve been doing. We’re excited to have him in the group.”

Aaronson’s versatility could see him used as a midfielder or winger, two ideas that Berhalter will continue to consider as the preparation ramps up in the United States.

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