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Tyler Adams says news regarding his future could come soon


HARRISON, N.J. — Tyler Adams has more than likely just played his final game for the New York Red Bulls.

Adams went the distance as the Red Bulls unsuccessfully tried to overturn their Eastern Conference Semifinals series vs. Atlanta United on Thursday night. The Red Bulls won the second leg at home but bowed out of the playoffs with a 3-1 defeat on aggregate, leaving the club to have to wait at least another year before lifting that elusive first MLS Cup.

The 19-year-old center midfielder will likely not continue that pursuit with the Red Bulls. He has been rumored for months to be nearing a move to RB Leipzig, the sister club where his former New York Red Bulls head coach, Jesse Marsch, is an assistant. Adams also recently told The Athletic that it “will be the right time to go the Europe” at season’s end, which has now approached given Thursday’s postseason elimination.

“It’s a tough way to go out,” said Adams. “My focus all season long has been to try and win the MLS Cup, and to fall short is never easy. Obviously for me, there’s been speculation the whole season about what will happen next, and I’m going to keep you guys waiting again.

“We’ll find out in the next couple of days hopefully.”

An announcement of his move to RB Leipzig seems a mere formality at this point. If Adams does indeed leave to join the German Bundesliga outfit during the winter transfer window in January, as is widely expected, then he will do so after playing his first three professional seasons in New York. He made a name for himself with the Red Bulls, appearing in 59 MLS matches over his three years in the league and establishing himself as a young starter with plenty of talent and potential over the past two seasons.

His tenacity, energy, and work rate with the Red Bulls led to him getting called into the U.S. Men’s National Team, and he is now seen as a key building block for the program. The next step for his continued development seems to be in the more competitive and cut-throat environments in Europe, where he will have the chance to grow his game further.

“Will he succeed in Europe? I think we know that answer,” said Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas. “It’s for sure, because he has the physical ability, he’s got the mentality for Europe, he keeps improving, and, his personality and the courage that he has, the approach, every single day to get better and win, it’s like I’ve never seen.

“I know certain players that play in Europe, and you see what he has, he’s going to do great.”


  1. He’s the real deal. Still needs to improve but the kid has a high ceiling. Watching him for the NATs, he often looked like the only US midfielder who could hang with other world class midfielders. It will be really interesting though to see how adapts to a brand new environment and how quickly he could adapt his soccer iq to different teams/leagues.

  2. Will he succeed in Europe? I hope so but I don’t think so. He has to improve 100% in his ball handling, dribbling skills and passing. To me he’s just and average player.

  3. He’ll do well in Germany. Looks like the core pieces of the USMNT for the next decade, Adams, Pulisic, and McKennie, will play their trade in Germany. The Bundesliga is the key to the future of US Soccer.

    • Which is sad. My hope is that this whole Brexit fiasco that England is enduring right now will necessitate a better USA-UK trading relationship…which might also include more lenient work-permit laws regarding US citizens. Right now the EPL is loaded with European players…hopefully as the UK’s orientation of necessity switches towards the USA we’ll be able to get a lot more of our guys in the Prem.

      A more…uhm, enlightened administration that was even remotely interested in the game of soccer would probably have already floated this idea. It obviously ain’t gonna happen under Trump but you can definitely see a day in which it might well happen.

      Still mightily annoying that it’s far easier to get our players into the Bundesliga – which shares no language with America, and plenty of negative history – than it is the league of our alleged closest ally, England.

      • Why sad, the Bundesliga has played the better soccer in the last few years. International players who are successful usually learn more than their native language, maybe not a necessity, but does say something about the ability of the player to learn in new situations.

        Of course, there is ebb and flow in which leagues are the “best” over the years, and the Premier league has the money to import stars, so they may rise to the top again.

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