USMNT Saturday: Tyler Adams. The CDM the USMNT Needs.

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With all of the uncertainty surrounding the rest of the year in sports for the United Ststes, it is time to go abroad and look at some of the US soccer players that are making headlines around the world. Some are game changers, while others are not having the best of times. Beginning this new weekly post is a guy that has made headlines at home and abroad for years and is still only 21 years old. He will be a big game player for the US national team for years to come. I am here to introduce you to Tyler Adams

Tyler Adams began his career at age 16 with the New York Redbulls after participating in Red Bulls academy for 6 years. After a year on the Redbulls 2 roster before moving to the senior team at the start of the 2017 MLS season.It did not take him long to become a crucial member of the first team, as well as put him on the map in the Red Bull system overall. Two years into his senior team career and a move to the Bundesliga and RB Leipzig made Tyler Adams one of the hottest American prospects to date.

With a plethora of American talent moving to the Bundesliga in order to further their European dreams, Adams is currently making a major impact with the most successful of the Redbull owned clubs. He appeared in 9 of his first 10 games as a member of Leipzig and started 7 of those 10 outings. 2019/2020 has been a small setback due largely to injury. He has made 12 appearances so far this year and has a 6.53 average rating. The rating does not sound impressive, but playing on a team that is 100% press and run along with playing next to Christopher Nkunku and Marcel Sabitzer leaves him as the lone midfielder to help out in defense averaging 2.2 tackles, 1.1 interception, and 1.2 clearances per 90 minutes on a team that averages over 54 percent possession and allowed the second fewest goals in the Bundesliga this season.

He has made the adjust nicely from a great player on an MLS team to a quality player in a Champions League quarterfinal team. He has clearly shown and possesses the skills necessary in order to succeed at this level. Leipzig clearly have enough faith in him in order to sell Diego Demme to Napoli. Should the US National team begin the build around him and Pulisic? I believe so. These two players could lead this team to a new stratosphere in the next 2-3 years and be close to their prime in time for the next World Cup. Adams next transfer will need to be to a team that is considered elite before we can call him an elite player, but he is one of the best the US has produced in its modern history.

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