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American stars Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson earn their stripes in Leeds

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The familiar sound of I Predict a Riot from rockers from Leeds sounded the Kaiser Chiefs around Elland Road on Sunday.

But perhaps Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA would have been a more fitting anthem, given Leeds’ famous 3-0 victory over Chelsea in America.

While players paraded across the field full-time, US international midfielder Tyler Adams was even draped in the Stars and Stripes.

USA star Brenden Aaronson scored Leeds' opener against Chelsea

American Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson played for Leeds so far this season

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch (second from L) has started the new season undefeated

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch (second from L) has started the new season undefeated

He had been one of Leeds’ stars, as had fellow countryman Brenden Aaronson, who scored the opening goal. Jack Harrison, who moved to America at age 14 and stayed there until he was 21, also set up the second and scored the third.

The mastermind, of course, was an American manager, Jesse Marsch. After the game, he tweeted a photo of himself celebrating for the fans who waved the flag that later made its way to Adams. ‘Leeds United States’ read one of the comments.

It’s funny to think now, but when Marsch replaced beloved Marcelo Bielsa in the spring, he spoke of the “stigma” of being an American coach in England.

“I’m not sure if Ted Lasso helped,” he joked, referring to the hit comedy series about a hapless American running a fictional team in London. But Marsch – only the second US-born Premier League manager after ex-Swansea boss Bob Bradley – has since broken that stigma.

Jack Harrison moved to America when he was just 14 and stayed until 21 before joining Leeds

Jack Harrison moved to America when he was just 14 and stayed until 21 before joining Leeds

Marsch took care of Leeds' shocking 3-0 victory over Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea on Sunday

Marsch took care of Leeds’ shocking 3-0 victory over Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Sunday

Crucially, he now also manages to win over his own fans, who sang his name during his lap of honour.

The former New York Red Bulls boss claimed when he arrived that it would be “inaccurate” to say there was an “Americanization” in Leeds.

Marsch and Adams hug each other full-time against Chelsea

Marsch and Adams hug each other full-time against Chelsea

In doing so, he sought to allay fans’ fears about the path the club appeared to be headed, with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers also holding a 44 percent stake.

Such concerns may have increased over the summer when Aaronson and Adams were signed. Still, supporters will now only see the American influence as a good thing, with their undefeated side and third.

“It shows people all over the world that Americans can play football too,” says Aaronson. “We play for an English Premier League team and get goals and assists.

So we’re here and we’re doing well – also in the coaching area. It’s just emerging. In the future, more and more talents will make this trip across the pond.’

Aaronson already seems to be one of the signings of the season. The New Jersey-born 21-year-old is nicknamed ‘Medford Messi’ and he’s run rings around defenders just like the Argentine great.

Against Chelsea, the Leeds players collectively ran 10km more than their opponents and no one worked harder than Aaronson, whose press forced goalkeeper Edouard Mendy into his mistake for the first goal.

Marsch previously suggested that TV show Ted Lasso didn't help the stigma of American executives

Marsch previously suggested that TV show Ted Lasso didn’t help the stigma of American executives

“The child is non-stop. He is ruthless,” Marsch said of the £22 million purchase from Red Bull Salzburg.

He could say the same about fellow new kid Adams, who won more tackles, interceptions and more touches than any other Leeds player against Chelsea.

The 23-year-old New Yorker has adapted extremely well to the English game, helping to fill the huge void left by Kalvin Phillips’ departure to Manchester City.

“He’s playing the best football in his life,” added Marsch, who worked with Adams at New York Red Bulls and RB Leipzig.

Leeds have enjoyed a great start to the new Premier League season after two wins

Leeds have enjoyed a great start to the new Premier League season after two wins

With Marsch, Aaronson and Adams all starring, it’s no surprise that Leeds’ support is growing in America.

A recent poll showed that the Whites have one of the top 10 Premier League fan bases in the United States. After their opening weekend win over Wolves, 16.4 percent of people who spoke about Leeds on Twitter were from the US – the highest percentage in the top flight.

Some American pundits even call Marsch’s men “America’s Team” and take the nickname of the Dallas Cowboys.

But it is the support within Elland Road that will mean the most to the Leeds manager. And thanks in no small part to the performances of his compatriots Aaronson and Adams so far this season, Marsch has never felt more at home.

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