USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams is officially a member of Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. The New York Red Bulls announced that they completed the transfer on Sunday. Adams becomes available for RB Leipzig in January.
"I’d like to thank everyone at the organization, coaches, staff, my teammates and the supporters,” Adams said in a press statement. “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.”
Adams joins fellow USMNT midfielders Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie in the Bundesliga, pointing to the future for the National Team. Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund and McKennie at Schalke are success stories for young American soccer players. For Adams to follow, he'll need to crack an RB Leipzig lineup that has found success. Having his former New York coach Jesse Marsch as an assistant should help, but Leipzig is not a struggling club in search of answers.
Since reforming as RB Leipzig, the club pushed up the divisions and hasn't had a tough time of it in the topflight. Promoted in 2016-17, they finished 2nd. Last season they were 6th. Currently, they're in 3rd-place and beat the team ahead of them, Gladbach, 2-0 at home on Sunday pulling within a point. Leipzig is a point ahead of 4th-place Bayern Munich in a tight table where a point also separates Bayern from 5th-place Eintracht.
No matter where RB Leipzig finishes, they'll have a new coach next season. Sporting director and former coach Ralph Rangnick has the head coaching job this season with Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann taking over at Leipzig next season. Marsch is going to be part of Nagelsmann's staff, but it's still a transition early in Adams's Bundesliga career.
New USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter will have put together his Gold Cup roster and planned for the Nations League in the Fall. That should mean increased competition for places however Berhalter chooses to construct the USMNT midfield.
Adams is showing that he will take the risk of moving to a tougher situation in a tougher league. If RB Leipzig rewards that risk, it only helps the USMNT.
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