Homegrown Midfielder Tyler Adams Transfers from New York Red Bulls to RB Leipzig

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What has seemed an inevitability has become official, as midfielder Tyler Adams has officially swapped one Red Bull club for another and has joined RB Leipzig on a deal through 2023. He will officially join the Bundesliga team in January 2019.

Homegrown Midfielder Tyler Adams Transfers from New York Red Bulls to RB Leipzig

The 19-year-old leaves Major League Soccer after two full professional seasons and breaking into the senior United States national team. Adams made 74 appearances for New York, scoring four goals in MLS. He also scored his first goal for the USMNT against traditional rivals Mexico in September.

Adams said that his time in New York will be very held dear to him: “I’ve worn a New York Red Bulls shirt for eight years, and this club has become a second family to me. I will always be grateful to the many people who believed in me, mentored me, and helped me get to this point.”

“I’d also like to thank my family for their never-ending love and support. This club will always have a special place in my heart.”

The official New York Red Bulls press release follows:

The New York Red Bulls have transferred Homegrown midfielder Tyler Adams to RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga, the club announced today. Adams will officially join Leipzig when the January transfer window opens. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“First and foremost, congratulations to Tyler and his family. We fully support Tyler’s decision to take the next step in his career, and we wish him all the best,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “This move is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice from Tyler and his parents. There is a massive sense of pride around our organization in seeing Tyler go from a Red Bulls Summer camp, into the Regional Development School and our academy, to the First Team, the U.S. National Team, and now one of the top clubs and leagues in the world. We wish Tyler all the best and we know he will continue to be a shining example of the type of player and person we strive to develop.”

Adams, 19, was first identified by Red Bulls Youth Coaches at a Summer Camp near his hometown of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. He was invited to join the Regional Development School program, and then graduated to the Red Bulls Academy. Adams signed his first professional contract with New York Red Bulls II at 16 after spending time with the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton.

Adams is the first player to complete every level of the New York Red Bulls Player Development pyramid, from the RDS Program, through the academy system, USL and into the First Team.

“We’re genuinely happy for Tyler and his family and we know that he is ready for the next step,” said Head Coach Chris Armas.  In these last four years, I’ve learned that he is simply incredible.  Tyler has a maturity, fearlessness, work ethic, and desire to win that make him unique.  Tyler is the gold standard for player development in this country and I think that our club and academy can feel very proud to have worked with him and influenced him along his path.  We wish him the very best and look forward to watching him shine.”

In July 2015, Adams made his First Team debut as he represented the Red Bulls in the International Champions Cup against Chelsea FC. The 16-year-old scored the second goal in a 4-2 victory for the Red Bulls.

Adams spent one season with New York Red Bulls II, playing a key role in winning the 2016 USL regular season title and USL Cup before being adding to the MLS roster. He made his MLS debut on April 13, 2016 at San Jose. Adams would find a regular starting role in 2017, making 23 appearances and adding two goals and four assists. In all, Adams has made 74 appearances for New York across all competitions and was an integral piece of the team that won the 2018 Supporters’ Shield while setting MLS records for wins (22) and points (71).

Adams has also earned his way into the U.S. Men’s National Team, earning his first senior call up and cap last November against Portugal. Adams has been involved in every camp over the last calendar year, making appearances against Ireland and against France prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and scoring his first international goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico on September 11.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the organization, coaches, staff, my teammates and the Supporters,” said Adams. “I’ve worn a New York Red Bulls shirt for eight years, and this club has become a second family to me. I will always be grateful to the many people who believed in me, mentored me, and helped me get to this point. I’d also like to thank my family for their never-ending love and support. This club will always have a special place in my heart.”

Photo by Steve Hamlin

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