Tyler Adams is not just one of the leaders of the new school on the field for the United States. He’s doing his best to provide more opportunities to grow the game where he grew up. Recently, Adams led an effort to form the Hudson Valley Hammers, and they have been approved to begin play in the spring in the United Premier Soccer League.
ADAMS GROUP BRINGS “PRO DEVELOPMENT” SOCCER TO THE MID-HUDSON VALLEY!— Hudson Valley Hammers New York (@HVHammersNY) December 7, 2020
An initiative led by RB Leipzig midfielder and US Nat'l Team standout Tyler Adams, the Hudson Valley Hammers have been approved to join the United Premier Soccer League to begin play in the Spring of 2021. pic.twitter.com/MCOARTy4Ya
Before the 21-year-old Adams ever got his professional debut with New York Red Bulls and continued to be one of the most important players for RB Leipzig and the USMNT, he called Wappinger, New York and the Hudson Valley home. Now, he’s bringing professional soccer to an area that did not have a team, and he’s using the opportunity to give chances to other players looking to make the same leap he did from the Hudson Valley to the bright lights of the Bundesliga.
The UPSL is a developmental league started in 2011 and containing over 300 semi-pro and amateur teams. It’s a more regionalized set of leagues with two divisions and two seasons, with teams having the opportunity to earn promotion from Division II up to Division I. It’s assumed that the Hudson Valley Hammers will begin in Division II this coming spring.
It’s simply remarkable that Tyler Adams has showed in the ultimate way that he doesn’t forget where he came from. Forming a team to give others in his shoes better access to their dreams is an incredible. He’s leading not just by mentoring those coming up, but also investing in the game from a developmental level. To say we’re proud of him is an understatement.
Hit the comments to discuss Tyler Adams’ new team in Hudson Valley, and shout yourself out if you call that area of the country home and are excited to have a team!