Philadelphia Union’s homegrown talent Paxten Aaronson will have one game left with the club, the MLS Cup Final, before he heads to Europe to join Eintracht Frankfurt in January.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder will join the Bundesliga club on a deal reportedly worth around $4 million. MLSSoccer.com’s Tom Bogert was the first to break the news.
Paxten Aaronson Transfer To Eintracht Frankfurt
BREAKING: Eintracht Frankfurt and the Philadelphia Union have an agreement in place for transfer of US wonderkid Paxten Aaronson, per sources. Deal around $4m + add-ons + sell-on %.Aaronson, 19, won Golden Ball at Concacaf U20 championships. Medical + finalizing deal next week. pic.twitter.com/teTi6JVLXB
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) November 4, 2022
Eintracht Frankfurt are set to sign Paxten Aaronson on permanent deal from Philadelphia Union. It will be a permanent move, no loan back. #transfersDeal will be done for $4m plus add ons, as @tombogert reported.
Aaronson will sign a five year deal. pic.twitter.com/tgCn2YBjy7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 4, 2022
The brother of USMNT star Brenden Aaronson, Paxten nearly followed his older brother’s same path to Europe. Brenden also rose through the Philadelphia Union ranks before he joined Red Bull Salzburg.
Salzburg, along with several Bundesliga clubs, was reportedly interested in signing Paxten, but Frankfurt was the right fit.
Aaronson has played all his early career with the Philadelphia Union after signing a homegrown player contract in August 2020. His appearances with the club this season have been limited to 23 MLS appearances but only 413 minutes.
He has 37 total league appearances for the club and has scored four goals. His first one back in August 2021 was special.
17-year-old Paxten Aaronson opens up his MLS account with this beauty
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 8, 2021
Aaronson’s most eye-catching run of form this season was with the United States men’s national under-20 team at the Concacaf U-20 Championship over the summer.
He played in all seven games of the USA’s championship run scoring seven goals along the way. His performances earned him the tournament’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball for best player.