By Joe Ellis

29th Nov, 2022 | 10:10pm

US senator Cory Booker sends Twitter message to Brenden Aaronson as Leeds United ace plays in USA win

Brenden Aaronson played a key role as he and his Leeds United teammate Tyler Adams led the USA to the World Cup knockouts on Tuesday (29 November).

The 22-year-old was a substitute in the American’s must-win match with Iran in Group B and came on in the second half to help guide the nation to a narrow 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Christian Pulisic.

Aaronson hails from the state of New Jersey, as does manager Gregg Berhalter and goalkeeper Matt Turner, who plays for Arsenal, and the senator of the state was quick to congratulate his locals.

Senator Cory Booker took to his personal Twitter account to gleefully praise the New Jerseyan trio claiming it was no surprise his state was leading the US charge in Qatar.

“It is no surprise that New Jersey leads the U.S. to victory,” he said, “Congratulations to Jersey natives Matt Turner, Brenden Aaronson, and Coach Gregg Berhalter – and of course, to the entire United States Men’s National Team.”

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Berhalter has surprised many by leaving Aaronson on the bench for all three of the United States’ group matches and instead playing a midfield three of Adams, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah.

For now, things are working out for the land of the free with the latter shining immensely against Iran on his birthday but surely the Premier League experience of Aaronson will come in handy from the start, not just off the bench.

A very tough assignment against the Netherlands awaits in the round of 16 where the red-hot Cody Gakpo will cause all kinds of problems for the US but Aaronson’s relentless running could be very useful.

His stamina is arguably his best asset d only giving him half an hour or so each game doesn’t show that off at all and he can even play out wide if necessary.

Pulisic could be a doubt for the knockout game after injuring himself in the winner so perhaps that is the open door Aaronson needs to shine in Qatar.

In other Leeds United news, BBC pundit Danny Murphy was left truly astounded by one moment Adams created from nowhere in their vital win against Iran.