By Joe Ellis

26th Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United duo applauded by Brad Freidel in USMNT assessment

Leeds United have two of the United States’ star performers and Brad Friedel thinks both could make a huge impact on the World Cup.

Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams were two of Jesse Marsch’s summer signings at Elland Road and have featured in every game so far this season.

Friedel, who holds the record for the most consecutive appearance in the English top flight with 310, is a huge admirer of both individuals having worked with them previously.

“Aaronson has gone from a decent-sized stage in the MLS to a bigger stage in Austria to what you can argue is a bigger stage in the Premier League with all the media, and it looks like, right now, he will be pencilled in to start, or at least get significant minutes at the World Cup,” Friedel said to Lehigh Valley Live.

“He has played really well. He looks very confident. I coached Tyler. I love Tyler, I really do. He was one of my favourites to coach. He just gives his all everywhere, he really does.

“He can speak his mind, he can have a moan with the staff, but it never stops him from playing well. He is very versatile and can play multiple positions, even if he is not happy playing in a certain position, he goes out there and gives it his all.

“He is not tall in stature, but boy, is he strong. He has gotten better and better on the football. I have nothing but admiration for Tyler.”

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If Adams and Aaronson keep on performing as they have been in the famous white of Leeds United then you won’t hear many complaining around Elland Road.

They have both adapted really quickly to the intense pace of the Premier League and shined in their own unique ways in the six matches so far and if there are more Americans as good as them then Victor Orta should be considering them.

The MLS is something of an untouched market for a lot of top clubs in Europe as the league tries to gain a reputation on the other side of the pond but more talent is emerging every year.

Valentin Castellanos was a summer target for the Whites having been the league’s top scorer but he chose to head to Spain instead.

There are more youngsters coming through that could turn up in the Premier League and perform similarly to Adams and Aaronson, who both moved to European clubs before their Yorkshire move.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have refused to comment on their payment of sub-contractors after being challenged by the BBC.