The US Men’s World Cup team has roots here in Ocean County, NJ

The world has come together in Qatar and the soccer World Cup is underway. Team USA is here and it’s an exciting time for football fans, not just across the country, but with roots right here in Ocean County.

Unsplash.com Nasif Tazwar

Unsplash.com Nasif Tazwar

First, let us update you on Team USA. The men’s soccer team plays in Group B and competes with England, Wales and Iran. Each group consists of four nations. So far, Team USA has only played one game, a draw (tie) with Wales 1-1. Team USA next plays against always strong team England. USA vs England is Friday 25th November at 2pm. Team USA will finish the group game against Iran on Tuesday 29th November at 14:00.

Unsplash.com Karsten Winegeart

Unsplash.com Karsten Winegeart

Now back to our connection World Cup – Ocean County. I recently saw a news report from Burlington County (Medford) and it featured a father of one of Team USA’s players who is in Qatar for the World Cup. At first I didn’t make the connection, but after my wife pointed it out, it turns out I went to high school with the proud dad.

Brenden Aaronson (midfielder) for Team USA is the son of Russell Aaronson who I went to high school with here in Ocean County. We knew him as “Rusty” Aaronson and he played soccer for my high school Southern Regional in Stafford Township. “Rusty” himself was a good player and led our Ram team along with others like Ed Fraser etc.

I remember the one class I took with Rusty, creative writing with Mr. Germanasi. I can still see “Rusty”, Bill Marone and I sitting in the back right of the class trying to come up with “creative” stories and lol some stories that are best left to your imagination lol

It was special to have “Rusty,” who I haven’t seen in 39 years, talk about his son who is part of Team USA. “Rusty” has another son, Paxton, who plays for the Philadelphia Union in MLS and will be leaving for Germany in 2023. “Rusty” has a daughter, Jaden, who is currently a talented high school player, so there seems to be a bit of soccer in her blood lol. ‘Rusty’ and his wife Janell will experience many miles of travel as after the World Cup Brenden will return to his team Leeds United from the UK’s famous Premiere League.

“Rusty” spoke along Fox 29 in Philadelphia

Good luck to Brenden and Team USA at this year’s World Championships

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