Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams made their Premier League debuts for Leeds United in a 2-1 win over Wolves.
Aaronson, in particular, stood out. He didn't score but did everything but ...
His pressing helped create the opening goal for Rodrigo and appeared to score the late winner before a cross from Patrick Bamford for the winning goal was credited by the Premier League Goal Accreditation Panel -- yes, there is such a body -- as an own goal by Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri.
"The second goal was in some ways a little against the run of play but we were gathering momentum," said Leeds manager Jesse Marsch, who brought Aaronson to Europe in January 2021 when he coached Red Bull Salzburg, said in his postgame interview. "I was really pleased that the guys who came off the bench made a big difference."
"I think all the debutants did quite well. The speed of play... was at a very high level, both teams trying to impose themselves on the way they wanted to play. [Aaronson] is relentless. He is none stop. His work rate is incredible I know him well and the thing I know about him is he is only going to get better."
• Matt Turner (Arsenal, England), on bench (2-0 at Crystal Palace)
• Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough, England), 90 minutes (2-3 vs. QPR)
• Ethan Horvath (Luton Town, England, 90minutes (1-0 at Burnley)
MLS: Sean Johnson (New York City FC).
Steffen's whiff on Ilias Chair’s corner kick that led to QPR's second goal by Jimmy Dunne was not a good look, continuing a pattern of having problems judging balls played into the area.
Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder was unhappy with his defense -- and the refereeing -- saying Steffen was fouled on the play that led to Dunne's goal.
“When you give good players a handout, which we did – charity, aided by some ridiculous refereeing decisions – it’s always going to be a difficult afternoon," he said in his post-game remarks to the Yorkshire Post. "There was a comment by the referee to a member of my staff at halftime that the goalkeeper has to be stronger. The referee [shouldn’t] have an opinion in terms of coaching or what the goalkeeper needs to do. Especially when the goalkeeper’s facing towards the corner and somebody behind him puts a hand on his back and pushes him."
USMNT Outside Backs:
• George Bello (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), sub-19 minutes (1-2 at Hansa Rostock)
• Reggie Cannon (Boavista, Portugal), Sunday vs. Portimonense
• Sergino Dest (Barcelona, Spain), season starts next week
• Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England), 90 minutes (2-2 vs. Liverpool)
• Joe Scally (Borussia M'Gladbach, Germany), 83 minutes (3-1 vs. Hoffenheim)
• Sam Vines (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Sunday vs. Leuven
MLS: Shaq Moore (Tenerife), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami).
Scally (heat map) started at right back and came close to scoring, hitting the woodwork with one of his two shots.
2 - Two pairs of American teammates (A. Robinson & T. Ream for Fulham, T. Adams & B. Aaronson for Leeds) are starting Premier League matches on a single day for the first time since April 19, 2008 (Convey & Hahnemann for Reading, Dempsey, Keller & McBride for Fulham). Buddies. pic.twitter.com/IOo5LKRtQN— OptaJack (@OptaJack) August 6, 2022
• Jordan Pefok (Union Berlin, Germany), 77 minutes, 1 goal (3-1 vs. Hertha Berlin)
• Ricardo Pepi (Augsburg, Germany), sub-17 minutes (0-4 vs.l Freiburg)
• Josh Sargent (Norwich City, England), sub-14 minutes (1-1 vs. Wigan Athletic)
• Haji Wright (Antalyaspor, Turkey), Sunday vs. Galatasaray
MLS: Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew).
Pefok opened the scoring in Union Berlin's derby win. It was the third consecutive Bundesliga win over Hertha -- on top of a win in the DFB Pokal to keep the unofficial title of "Stadtmeister" (city champion).
Photo: Imago via ZUMA Press/ISI Photos