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Brenden Aaronson gives new FC Cincinnati GM Chris Albright seal of approval

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Brenden Aaronson is one of a number of young players Albright helped develop at the Philadelphia Union.
Brenden Aaronson is one of a number of young players Albright helped develop at the Philadelphia Union. / George Walker IV / The Tennessean via

United States international Brenden Aaronson believes FC Cincinnati are 'in really good hands' under new general manager Chris Albright.

The Ohio side have endured a tough start to life in Major League Soccer, finishing bottom of the standings in each of their three seasons so far.

In a bid to put things right, Cincinnati appointed Albright as their third GM so far. The 42-year-old previously served as the Philadelphia Union's technical director and was one of the key men responsible for the development of Aaronson, who now plies his trade in Europe with RB Salzburg, as well as center-back Mark McKenzie, who transferred to Club Brugge.

Aaronson - who is in Cincinnati preparing for the USMNT's World Cup qualifying clash against Mexico at TQL Stadium on Friday - believes the Orange and Blue are in good hands.

“[Chris] was a big believer in me and when I was doing really well with the USL team in Bethlehem," Aaronson said of Albright (via That was the part where he saw me and thought I was ready for this next step, so I owe a lot to him.”

On Albright's personality and move to Cincinnati, he added: "Just a great guy. A guy that will give his all for FC Cincinnati. I know that this club has had a little bit of a rough start, but I think that him being here will help out a lot. He has a lot of football ideas and he’s gonna help a ton. He’s an amazing guy. He did so much for the Union.”

While Aaronson admitted Albright will need time and "support" - as all general managers do - he's certain his former colleague can turn things around.

"He’s gonna bring everything I mentioned to FC Cincinnati. I think you guys are in really good hands," Aaronson said. "You’ve gotta give it a little bit of time because he needs to make the transfers that he wants. He needs support, he needs to bring in his plan and everything like that but I already know the club has a fantastic fan base and that’s what you need."

With a new general manager through the door, Cincy are now on the lookout for their next head coach, with Jaap Stam relieved of his duties in late September. Tyrone Marshall took temporary charge of the club but lost all nine of his games in the dugout.