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USMNT Prospect to Watch: Tyler Adams

A look at the USMNT U-20’s engine.

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Tyler Adams, United States under-20 and New York Red Bulls center midfielder is one to watch for the future. Just recently, Adams had a pivotal role in the USA’s first win over Mexico in over 30 years at the under-20 level.

Adams played in a bit deeper role this game. Adams had a knack of winning the ball and starting up the attack for the U.S. He also brilliantly ran the teams’ press to perfection. He was the engine behind the teams’ victory.

He is the most important piece to the team. Adams is what makes everything tick. Without Adams, there is no fight and desire. He has all the tools to succeed and become a crucial piece for the United States Men’s National team.

Adams is the engine on both the U.S. under-20 team and the Red Bulls. Adams displays terrific passing and awareness. Adams is just 18 years old, yet he controls the whole field as if he was a seasoned veteran.

This past season, Adams played for the Red Bulls’ USL team, New York Red Bull II. He had a major role in their successful USL cup winning campaign.

After the departure of Dax McCarty, Adams is destined for a bigger role with the Red Bulls MLS team.

In an interview with Brian Sciaretta of, this is what Adams had to say about the recent opening left after McCarty’s departure.

“Obviously when any team loses a player as big as Dax was, and his meaning to the club and the locker room in general, it’s hard to see him go. But we wish him well. We know he’ll do great there. But for myself and Sean [Davis] it does open a huge window.”

Adams role in any team he plays in is to be the engine because his job is to get the ball from the back four and play it to the strikers. He makes the magic happen.

Although his role is extensive, he is not necessarily box to box. He is more of a back four to strikers player. Meaning, as long as he gets that done, he does not need to run up and down the field.

As player he reminds me of is a young Michael Bradley but with more athleticism. They have the same play style and drive. I have no doubt, Adams will emerge as an important player for the Red Bulls and begin his climb into the U.S. men’s team.