New York Red Bulls' Tyler Adams Shines vs. Senegal
May 6, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) in action against the Philadelphia Union during the first half at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

New York Red Bulls youngster Tyler Adams was instrumental in USA’s U-20 World Cup match vs. Senegal on Thursday, May 25.

New York Red Bulls midfield youngster Tyler Adams shined on his second U-20 World Cup match. The strong USA’s U-20 team went on to finish the game 1-0 against Senegal.

Tyler Adams not only contributed a shutout performance, but a cheeky touch that led to the match’s only goal. Adams split two defenders in the 34th minute at the top corner of the 18-yard box. As Adams sent a flick on with the outside of his foot, he found Luca de la Torre within striking range. Luca de la Torre sent a pass across to Sargent who then buried the goal.

Adams also had a few other assist opportunities, one creative pass in the 18-yard box and one ball sent for a breakaway to Sargent, both were saved.

Defensively, Adams helped contribute to a shutout which was well deserved against a fast paced Senegal team. Senegal won their first match against Saudi Arabia two goals to none.

The 18-year-old Adams, while successful with the New York Red Bulls’s first team is making an early impact at the U-20 national team level. This win helped bump Team USA up to first place in their group.

After two games played:

  1. Team USA: 4 pts
  2. Senegal: 3pts
  3. Saudi Arabia: 3 pts
  4. Ecuador: 3pts

Next Matches May 28, 2017:

  • Team USA vs. Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal vs. Ecuador

If USA’s U-20 team achieves first place out of the group stages, they will look to play second place of group E. Currently, France sits in first place while New Zealand sit in second in this group.

On Saturday, the New York Red Bulls will face New England without Tyler Adams. This will be a test for RBNY as Tyler Adams has logged seven games played with 615 minutes so far this season. RBNY will have to fill his role in his absence. Who will step up for RBNY in the proceeding month?

Chris Sudol is a former college soccer player who now avidly supports the New York Red Bulls, Arsenal, and Barcelona, among many other soccer teams.