U.S. men’s national team midfielder Tyler Adams was awarded the captain’s armband ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and the 23-year-old certainly led by example in Monday’s Group B opener.
Adams delivered a strong 90 minutes from his midfield position, earning SBI’s Man of the Match honors. The Leeds United midfielder raced around the field tirelessly in the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Wales, helping the Americans earn one point in their first World Cup match in eight years.
Adams partnered Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah in front of the USMNT backline, covering plenty of ground on both sides of the field. Adams completed five of his six tackles, won eight of 12 duels, and completed 90% of his passes in his first World Cup appearance.
With Wales trying to find a winning goal following Gareth Bale’s 82nd minute equalizer, Adams helped break up several counter attacking chances, keeping the Americans level in the dying moments. The USMNT held on for one point against Robert Page’s squad, setting up an intriguing showdown with England on Friday.
Adams edged Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah, and Tim Ream for SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.
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