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SBI U.S. U-20 Man of the Match: Tyler Adams

The U.S. U20 Men’s National Team put together a comprehensive team performance in Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Senegal. Among all the standout showings from front to back, one player stood out the most.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams commanded the middle of the park for 90 minutes as the U.S. claimed the top spot in Group F with one game remaining before the knockout round. His work on both sides of the ball made him the choice for SBI Man of the Match.

Adams played a vital role in setting up the game’s only goal, scored by Josh Sargent in the 34th minute. Adams touched the ball over to Luca de la Torre on the right wing before de la Torre connected with Sargent in the box for the 17-year-old’s third strike of the competition.

In addition to setting up the strike, Adams limited the amount of significant chances for Senegal, which came in as one of the favorites to go far in South Korea. Adams worked well with the centerback pairing of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Erik Palmer-Brown to ensure the American defense remained organized. Now with a win in hand, Adams and his teammates have to replicate Thursday’s showing on Sunday morning against Saudi Arabia, where only a draw is needed to secure passage into the knockout phase.

Adams edged out Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Sargent for Man of the Match honors.

What did you think of Adams’ performance? Which player stood out to you on Thursday?

Share your thoughts below.

4 comments
  • Benjamin C.

    Adams was very good, but Sargent is simply playing beyond his years. The goal was spectacular and his hold up play in the second half was intelligent and mature and helped relieve pressure when Senegal was pushing hard for the equalizer. Really, really impressed with this young man.

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    • Wispy

      Couldn’t agree more. Not only smart hold up play and pressure relief, but did little things like staying down when fouled and receiving treatment to waste a little time even when pressured to get up several Senegal players. Seems mature beyond his years.

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    • Gary Page

      Sargent has 3 goals in 2 games including the game winner in the last one and can’t get Man of the Match? And he is younger than anyone else on the team. What does he have to do to get proper recognition from SBI?

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  • alndres ventura

    Great all usa players did it very well defense,an ofensive,kinsman to,and they win the favorite
    senegal,a big surprise and another prospect like chritian pullisic,whit josh sargent, under the
    eye of many great clubs of the world….GREAT

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