The first goal should be of interest to American soccer fans as it demonstrates why Tyler Adams has generated so much hype. Check out the highlight:
Note the speed and tenacity to win the 50/50 ball, the darting run through the defense, and the perfect pass to set up a tap-in for Wright-Phillips. There are few American players capable of mixing together all of those skills at once. Adams is versatile enough to play anywhere in the midfield or on the back line, but he makes the greatest impact in a box-to-box role, combining marauding attacking runs and locking down the opponent on defense.
Tyler Adams was Man of the Match in #RBNYvFCD:— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) June 24, 2018
53/64 (83%) passes
2 key passes
6/7 duels won
Great assist for BWP, and did so much work to compensate for #RBNY playing 63 mins with 10 men. #RBNYvDAL pic.twitter.com/zvrQsUYDx8
The 19-year old midfielder debuted for the senior national team in 2017 and has earned five* caps. Adams should undoubtedly be a centerpiece with U.S. soccer for the next decade (at least), and will likely be making a move abroad in the near future, with the latest reports connecting him to RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga (via Kristian Dyer).
And here’s Aaron Long’s very nice goal because he’s American too:
The 25-year old Long put in another solid performance at center back, partnering with recent national team inclusion Tim Parker. The Red Bulls’ back linemanaged a shutout despite playing down a man for 63 minutes.
As the old saying goes, “Metro makes, the USMNT takes.” American soccer fans in need of some optimism — or even to just keep track of players who will play key roles in 2022 Qualifying — should possibly take in a few Red Bulls matches.