Tyler Adams Profile

Name Tyler Adams
Born Feb 14, 1999
Age 23 years
Birthplace Wappingers Falls, New York
Height 5ft 9ins

Tyler Adams is a tenacious defensive midfielder for Leeds United in the Premier League. He is part of a crop of talented USA internationals currently plying their trade in Europe.

Known as 'the machine' by his team-mates, Adams' main skill is the ability to target opposition attackers and break up play. The New Yorker is a fearsome opponent, despite being a compact 5ft 9ins in height.

Adams rose through the ranks of the New York Red Bulls, after joining their academy aged 11. He made his first team debut for the energy drink's New York franchise at just 16 years of age, scoring in a friendly match versus Chelsea in 2015.

The energetic midfielder was transferred to New York Red Bulls' sister club RB Leipzig in January 2019. Adams signed a long-term contract at the German Bundesliga team until the summer of 2023.

On August 13 2020, Adams announced himself on the European stage by scoring the winning goal as RB Leipzig defeated Atletico Madrid to advance to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

His talents have not gone unnoticed by the USA's national soccer team either, making his senior debut against Portugal in November 2017.

After four seasons at Leipzig, and a DFB-Pokal winners' medal, Adams joined Premier League side Leeds United in July 2022 on a five-year contract for £20million.

New York Red Bulls

Adams joined the New York Red Bulls academy aged 11, making a 240km round trip to training each day with his mother.

He showed plenty of talent playing for the New York Red Bulls U-13, U-14 and Under-16 sides. The Red Bulls' II coaches saw enough to recommend the 16-year-old Adams to the first team and he made his debut in a friendly against Chelsea in 2015.

New York Red Bulls ran out 4-2 winners against the West London side at the Red Bull Arena.

A first Major League Soccer start came for Adams on April 13 2016, in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Adams provided the assist as Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a 78th minute equaliser against FC Cincinnati in the 2017 Open Cup semi-finals. New York Red Bulls came from behind to reach their first Open Cup final since 2003.

In total, Adams made 52 New York Red Bull appearances, which caught the eye of RB Leipzig coach and sporting director Ralph Rangnick.

Move to Leipzig

The move between Red Bull franchises from New York to Leipzig was no surprise for Tyler Adams, as the Red Bulls' sister-club had tracked his progress for some time.

Adams made his Bundesliga debut for RB Leipzig in January 2019 and impressed in the 4-0 victory at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Adams earned the man of the match award, as the midfielder broke up countless Fortuna attacking moves.

Adams has suffered his fair share of injuries and it was a groin problem that kept him out of the build-up to the DFB Pokal final. He was able to start the final versus Bayern Munich but RB Leipzig lost 3-0.

RB Leipzig finished in third place in the Bundesliga however, capping a solid start to life in Germany for Adams.

A combination of toe ligament injury and further groin problems meant Adams had a late start to the 2019/20 season. He started in RB Leipzig's 3-1 win over FC Augsburg in December 2019, completing 86 minutes.

After the German winter break, Adams made his Champions League debut, coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 Round Of 16 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Adams hit the headlines by scoring an 88th-minute winner in the Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid in August 2020. Joao Felix looked to have taken the game to extra time with a 71st-minute penalty, to tie the game at 1-1, but hadn't reckoned with super-sub Adams.

The American midfielder came on for Konrad Laimer just a minute after Atletico's equaliser and his fresh legs changed the game. Adams was well positioned as RB Leipzig counter-attacked with the clock ticking to 90, sending the winning goal home from 20 yards.

In January 2021 Adams was to face-off against compatriot Gio Reyna as RB Leipzig played Borussia Dortmund. Reyna is known as the “magician” so the battle was labelled 'the machine versus the magician'

Reyna won the day as his club Dortmund emerged with a 3-1 victory but the pair had cast a spell on watching US coaches, bewitched by the talent on display.

In 2022, Adams was part of the Leipzig side that won the DFB-Pokal final after beating SC Freiburg on penalties. The 23-year-old came on as an extra-time substitute.

After a 101 appearances and two goals for RB Leipzig, Adams was sold to Leeds United for £20million - the fifth most expensive departure in Leipzig's history.

Adams and the USA

Adams played every game for the USA in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championships in Honduras. The USA finished in third place, gaining qualification for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

It was in 2017, however, that Adams began to really make his mark in the USA youth ranks by helping them to win the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championships in Costa Rica.

Playing up an age group, Adams also featured for the USA in the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea. The US U-20 team were defeated in the quarter-finals by Venezuela but Adams had done more than enough to make the senior team stand up and take note.

Adams made his debut for the senior USMNT on November 14 2017, playing the full 90 minutes against Portugal in Leiria.

He had to wait a little longer for his first goal for the Stars and Stripes but did so in fine style by netting against rivals Mexico in September 2018. Adams showed he had an eye for goal by side-footing a shot home on 70 minutes.

The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup came calling and Adams was named in the 23 man squad for the tournament. Yet, he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to ongoing groin issues.

Adams was part of the USMNT team that won the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League in 2020/21. Then was given the captain's armband for the first time in a 4-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in June 2021.

He was rested for the 2021 Gold Cup, which USA won by beating Mexico 1-0 in the final, but returned to help lead the nation to World Cup 2022 qualification.

Personal life

Adams grew up in a household consisting of his mother Melissa, stepdad Darryl and three stepbrothers.

Tyler Adams was said to be dating German girlfriend Sarah Schmidt in August 2020.

Away from football Adams enjoys walks in the outdoors, photography and playing basketball. He bought his mother a new car as a Christmas present in 2018 showing he has real Adams family values.

Adams proved he was keen to give something back by helping to form the Hudson Valley Hammers, a pro-development soccer team, near to where he was raised.

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