Today's UNIBET on this Day in Union history focuses on Brenden Aaronson, who was announced as the sixth homegrown in Philadelphia Union history two years ago.
Just six weeks after scoring his first USL goal, Aaronson was joined by Technical Director Chris Albright and many others to mark the occasion of the latest Union homegrown talent to progress through the Path to the Pros.
"Brenden has earned this contract through his hard work in training and his play with Bethlehem Steel FC and the Union Academy," Albright said in 2018. "This is another signing that we believe is reflective of our club’s philosophy and our ownership’s commitment to developing local talent. We’d like to congratulate Brenden and his family on his decision to turn professional.”
When Aaronson sat down with PhiladelphiaUnion.com back in 2018, he was asked to describe the type of player Union fans would eventually get to see on their TV screens and inside Subaru Park. “I’m a creative player and I like to make stuff happen," Aaronson said. "Hopefully get a couple goals and assists or as many as I can. I’m a gritty player so if I get hit, I’ll get you right back.”
That description turned into prophesy as he's been doing that since turning pro in 2019. Aaronson has been full of highlights with his first professional goal coming in his first Union appearance at Atlanta United. Aaronson has continued to show improvement each time on the pitch and its paid dividends this season for the Union with the Medford, New Jersey native second on the team with three goals and third in assists with two.