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Rate the U: Paxten Aaronson earns an A in first MLS start

Aaronson scored his first MLS goal and earned the highest rating in our Community Player Ratings Poll after the New England loss



Paxten Aaronson’s long awaited first start for the Philadelphia Union came against the Supporters’ Shield leaders and while he wasn’t able to contribute to a win, his first goal was an unforgettable one.

His MLS Goal of the Week strike was certainly front of mind in our Community Player Ratings poll but his 90-minute first start was impressive for other reasons as well as the 17-year-old high school senior showed he wasn’t out of place going a full 90 minutes against a top team in the New England Revolution.

Aaronson finished with a 4.19 average rating. Andre Blake finished second with a 3.81 average rating. Olivier Mbaizo was on the opposite end of things with a 2.42 average rating after another challenging game for him. Leon Flach had a difficult game as well, giving up the penalty that ended up being the game winner for the Revs, and finished with a 2.71 average rating.

One thing in the results that was also clear is there a lot of fans who still don’t know how to spell Paxten’s name. An easy way to remember is the position he plays: Pax10.

Check out the full results of the player ratings.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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