Brenden Aaronson started the year back in January not knowing what his role would be with the U.S. men’s national team. Eight months later, the Medford native is continuing to deliver impressive outings for his country.
Aaronson scored the third goal for the USMNT on Wednesday in a 4-1 comeback victory over Honduras in Concacaf World Cup Qualifying. It was Aaronson’s fifth international goal overall and his second of September’s qualifying window, as Gregg Berhalter’s side claimed their first win of the new cycle.
After falling down early in San Pedro Sula, the Americans hit back after halftime with three substitutes getting on the score sheet. Antonee Robinson’s 47th-minute equalizer kick-started the comeback before Ricardo Pepi netted his first international goal during his debut to put the USMNT ahead, 2-1, in the 75th minute.
Aaronson delivered the knockout blow in the final stages of the match, slotting home a cross from Pepi for his second goal in as many matches.
Sebastian Lletget added an insurance goal in stoppage time as the icing on the cake for the Americans, who moved into third place in the eight-team standings. It was an important victory for the USMNT, which failed to win in either of its opening two matches against El Salvador and Canada, respectively.
Aaronson will now return to his club team, Red Bull Salzburg, for the continuation of the Austrian Bundesliga campaign this weekend. The defending league champions travel to WSG Swarovski Tirol before kicking off involvement in the annual UEFA Champions League next week, the largest club competition in the world.
Larry Henry is a Burlington County correspondent for Glory Days Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @lhenry019