USMNT stars Weston McKennie & Brenden Aaronson unable to prevent Leeds hitting 32-year low at Elland Road

Weston McKennie Leeds Crystal Palace 2022-23
Weston McKennie and Brenden Aaronson were unable to prevent Leeds hitting a 32-year low at Elland Road in a heavy defeat to Crystal Palace.
  • Whites took the lead against Palace
  • Suffered a dramatic collapse on home soil
  • Posted unwelcome first since 1991

WHAT HAPPENED? The United States internationals started alongside one another in midfield once again for the Whites, with Aaronson providing the assist from a corner that allowed Patrick Bamford to head Leeds in front on home soil. Javi Gracia’s side suffered a dramatic collapse from there, with Marc Guehi snatching Palace a lifeline on the stroke of half-time. Jordan Ayew bagged a brace after the break, with Eberechi Eze and Odsonne Edouard also getting in on the act as Leeds crumbled in a crucial clash with another Premier League side that had been looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: A four-goal defeat matches Leeds' joint-heaviest in a Premier League home game, having suffered that fate for a seventh time, while a humbling outing against Palace has seen them concede five goals in a top-flight home match for the first time since April 1991 (a 5-4 defeat against Liverpool).

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WHAT NEXT? Things are not about to get any easier for Leeds, who sit two places and a couple of points above the drop zone, as their next Premier League outing is set to see them play host to Liverpool on April 17.