Deployed in a false No.9 role in charge of the 4-3-3, Aaronson completed just 23 passes (completing 18) against Costa Rica and fired three shots, making the most of his touches. His chemistry with fellow Philadelphia academy product Quinn Sullivan – who featured in Game 1 – was evident and Aaronson really came to life in the Ticos penalty area, showing a keen sense of timing and opportunism. .
“I’ve mostly been ranked 9th and I’m just happy to do whatever I can to help the team, which can get me on the pitch and whatever the coach thinks can help the team” , Aaronson said. “I adopted him. I actually really enjoyed playing 9, it’s a bit different from what I used to play, but it’s similar in some ways. I always like to enter the box. I like to race behind, using my speed. And I just like putting the ball in dangerous areas. And I think that’s where I thrive.
With 185 minutes and just one start in MLS this season, Paxten has found first-team opportunities limited at club level, with high-caliber veterans like Daniel Gazdag and Mikael Uhre producing for Philly head coach Jim Curtin. while the Union takes first place in the Eastern Conference Rankings. The 18-year-old’s advantage is clearly huge nonetheless, with several top European clubs reportedly watching closely, and Varas urged him to take the next step on his return from this tournament.
“Paxten has enormous potential. A talent is there, it’s obvious, he’s a hard worker and what sets Paxten apart is that he’s also very down to earth,” Varas said. “He knows that with his first team, the first team is doing well, the guys in front of him are scoring goals. So he shows up for training every day, ready to fight for a place. And when her number is called, her goal is to not miss this place. But he also understands the reality of first-team football. So it’s great that he was able to be here and loosen up a bit and we see a very bright future for him.