As Brenden Aaronson sat inside the press conference room inside Subaru Park on October 16th, his intent to finish his time with Philadelphia Union was clear. Bringing a trophy to his hometown club was the ultimate goal.
“We’re looking to win two trophies this year and we’re in the running for two so we will do whatever we can to win them,” Aaronson said. He’s now officially delivered on the first half of his goal as the club won the 2020 Supporters’ Shield with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution six days ago.
The kid that grew up watching Union games before joining the academy now has his eyes set on ending this stage of his career with trophy.
“It was my goal to finish out the season with the Union because of the amazing season we’ve had so far and what this club has done for me throughout the years,” Aaronson said. “I am really excited to end the season with the Union and we have big aspirations for ourselves.
Head Coach Jim Curtin echoed that sentiment during the October press conference.
“A 19-year-old with his ability to focus and not get distracted when so many things are happening all around him has been really impressive,” Curtin said. “Brenden wants to lift a trophy here and I think that our fans recognize that we’ve had a special season and they’ve loved watching Brenden grow and watching him get better. And its always difficult when things come to an end, but we’re going to push like heck that last game be on December 12 in MLS Cup and go out on top.”
“That is what Brenden wants and what the city deserves and he’s going to give everything in his final games here.”
The Union kick off the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Tuesday, November 24th. Kick off from Subaru Park is set for 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.