In a victory at Liverpool in October that most likely saved his manager’s job, for example, Leeds not only ran more than any team had in any Premier League game this season, but Aaronson You ran faster than anyone else. He Registered 8.2 miles, more than any other player has ran in any league match this year.

“Brenden Aaronson loves grass,” This season, Daniel Chapman wrote an earlier article in “The Square Ball.” “Green grass. Yellow grass. Part synthetic grass. All the grass, he loves all the grass, loves running in it, rolling in it, being on it, dancing across it, eating it up metaphorically with his running feet and perhaps literally with his hungry mouth.”

Marsch views that description, while it is not inaccurate, as a touch reductionist. “He has more quality than people think,” the Coach said. “He’s a good finisher, he’s really clever with how to put passes together in tight spaces. It’s so much just about his ability to make final plays, and slow himself down a little bit in the final third.”

Marsch couldn’t resist, however. the The lure of a horticultural analogy. “He’s like a weed,” Marsch, a former M.L.S. Marsch, a former M.L.S. coach the Red Bulls, told MLSsoccer.com’s “Extratime” Podcast earlier in the season “You almost see him grow before your eyes.”

That is what has endeared him, so quickly, even to Leeds’s most hard-bitten, weather-beaten fans: not just his effort, but his intent. It is what has filled American fans with optimism about his contributions heading into Monday’s World Cup opener against Wales

It was against Fulham. Aaronson There was no reason for him to apologize. He had no reason to apologize for the defeat. He had been Leeds’s best, and most effective, player. He was still a great player. the field still moving after the accident. the Final whistle, still believing that he could do more.