The New York Red Bulls announced today that United States Men’s National Team and Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams will join German club RB Leipzig when the January transfer window opens. NYRB and RB Leipzig are part of a group of clubs owned by Red Bull GmbH. This group also includes FC Red Bull Salzburg, Red Bulls Brasil, and FC Liefering (an Austrian second division side).
Adams’ move to Leipzig had been long rumored, as he has proven to be one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS. The 19-year-old Homegrown Player signed with New York Red Bulls II in 2015 and played two seasons with the team, helping it to win the 2016 USL Cup.
Since 2017, Adams has been a starter for the Red Bulls and played an integral role in the team’s success. During his tenure, the Red Bulls won the 2018 MLS Supporters’ Shield and made it to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. He was also named to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game.
Adams has appeared for the U.S. U-15, U-17, U-20, and senior national team. He was named to the U.S. sides for the 2015 U-17 World Cup and the 2017 U-20 World Cup. He has been a fixture in the starting XI for the USMNT since his debut in November 2017. Adams has earned 9 caps, 8 of which came this year, and contributed 1 goal and 1 assist. He has the potential to be a key player for the USMNT for many years to come.
At Leipzig, Adams will join former Red Bulls head coach and USMNT midfielder Jesse Marsch, who is an assistant coach. Leipzig currently sits 3rd in the Bundesliga table. Adams adds to the growing number of Americans in the Bundesliga, which includes Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler, Haji Wright, Josh Sargent, Alfredo Morales, and many more youth players.