2022 World Cup: USMNT’s Brenden Aaronson of Medford cheered on by fans Carli Lloyd, Ted Lasso as World Cup nears

MEDFORD, NJ (WPVI) — A local soccer superstar is getting support from big names – real and not – just days before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Brenden Aaronson, 22, of Medford, New Jersey, is a midfielder for the United States men’s national soccer team and was named to the World Cup squad last week.

Aaronson was a native player with the Philadelphia Union and spent four seasons at Union Academy.

Action News profiled Aaronson in 2019 after scoring on his Major League Soccer debut with the Union at the age of 18.

“I love playing football. It’s something I just love to play. My goal is to come to your Europe, that’s the biggest thing for me,” said Aaronson.

He played two seasons at Union before achieving his goal and joining Austria’s FC Red Bull Salzburg in 2021.

Fun fact, Aaronson’s younger brother Paxton followed in his footsteps and is a midfielder at Union.

On May 26, 2022, Brenden Aaronson joined English Premiere League club Leeds United.

Leeds fans have embraced the South Jersey native and even given him his own vocals to the tune of Estelle’s “American Boy”.

Aaronson made his USMNT debut on February 1, 2020 at the age of 19.

U.S. forward Brenden Aaronson, center, stands for the national anthems before a friendly soccer match against Morocco, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Cincinnati.

AP Photo/Jeff Dean

Nicknamed “Medford Messi” – a nod to his hometown and legendary player Lionel Messi – the young athlete is recognized by some big football stars in both real world and TV land.

On Tuesday, the official USMNT Twitter account posted a photo of the Shawnee High School graduate with the caption: “Here for the fans in Medford, Leeds, everywhere in between and beyond.”

Carli Lloyd, a football great and Burlington County countrywoman, responded.

“Fans in Medford,” Lloyd tweeted with a wave emoji.

But the admiration doesn’t stop there for Aaronson, who describes himself as a great player and whose ideal day off is a day at the Jersey Shore.

Ted Lasso, the fictional upbeat American soccer coach who manages an England soccer team, played by Jason Sudeikis on the AppleTV+ series, had some words of wisdom for Aaronson.

The show was set up Billboards in each hometown of the 26 players on the US men’s World Cup team.

Each billboard features a motivational note from Coach Lasso.

“Like most M. Night completists, I believe in signs. Get ’em boys!” Ted Lasso’s Twitter account, referencing Philadelphia filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

One of these billboards is on a barn at Kirby’s Mill in Medford, with a note to Aaronson.

The Real Jersey Football Club, the club where a young Aaronson started out, posted about it on Facebook.

Chopper 6 was above the barn and caught a glimpse of the trainer’s message.


A billboard from the TV show Ted Lasso shows a note from the fictional coach to local soccer star Brenden Aaronson in Medford, New Jersey.

The billboard reads:


It makes sense that you grew up in Medford, whose tagline is “Historic in Nature,” because that’s how I would describe your playstyle. Hell, people even call you ‘The America Boy’. I know how tough it can be as an American abroad. A cookie is a cookie, chips are french fries, pants are underwear, and “bum bag” isn’t even getting me started. But what stays the same no matter which side of the pond you are on is that you were a barn to the USMNT. They were barn to play in the games of all games. And you were ready to go all the way. This billboard is on a barn, right? Because if you don’t, this joke won’t make any sense.

another american boy

ted lasso”

So, Brenden Aaronson, know that Carli Lloyd, Ted Lasso and the entire Delaware Valley are after you – our very own “American Boy” from South Jersey!

The USMNT quest for the World Cup begins on Monday November 21 when the squad meets Wales.

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