Tyler Adams Impresses In RB Leipzig Debut, Goes Full 90 In 4-0 Win
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Watching 19-year-old American Tyler Adams make his debut for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, it was easy to understand why former New York Red Bulls midfield partner Dax McCarty referred to him as “the Terminator.” Leipzig raced out to a 3-0 lead as early as the 16th minute with a combination of fearlessness, speed and physicality — words that perfectly summed up Adams’ display in the midfield over that period.
And this was no easy task for the talented USMNT teenager. Making his first appearance for the club following his January transfer, Adams was handed the start at the home of Fortuna Düsseldorf, the 54,600-capacity Merkur Spiel-Arena.
And this was a Fortuna side that’d risen to 14th in the table on the back of a four-match winning streak, including a shock victory over leaders Borussia Dortmund back on Dec. 18.
The nerves must’ve certainly been rattling when walking out to a din of noise that would’ve certainly surpassed anything he’d heard at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
But things couldn’t have started any better for the New York native. Inside the opening minute, Adams had gotten on the ball, driven forward and helped earn a Leipzig corner.
From that set piece, Fortuna keeper Michael Rensing dropped a clanger, and Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen was there to punish the mistake. Adams’ foray forward had paid dividends.
The second came only seven minutes later, and it was Leipzig center back Ibrahima Konate, also age 19, who bombed forward to double the lead.
Over the following seven minutes, Adams was everywhere, making a couple good tackles and interceptions, keeping possession, always showing for the ball and generally setting a menacing tempo for Leipzig.
In the 16th minute, Poulsen ripped home his second at the near post and it was effectively game over. Adams was in the buildup.
Tyler Adams' Bundesliga debut is going well... Leipzig went up 3-0 inside 16 minutes!!Poulsen with his 2nd of the game after Adams got involved in the buildup! pic.twitter.com/YgpmkLDK2e
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 27, 2019
RB Leipzig fans getting a quick taste of what Tyler Adams brings to the table. His work rate is Herculean, and his two-way work has helped Leipzig set the tone in this early 3-0 blowout.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 27, 2019
Solid start for Tyler Adams. Second-most challenges won and distance covered of any Leipzig player (only Demme with more). Doing his job perfectly alongside Demme in midfield.— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) January 27, 2019
RB Leipzig are currently on pace to score 7,395 goals with Tyler Adams in the lineup— Stars and Stripes FC (@StarsStripesFC) January 27, 2019
He was clearly feeling pretty confident by the time the second half rolled around.
Tyler Adams getting saucy on his Leipzig debut. pic.twitter.com/ieV4lZ8bMb— Conman Fleming (@ConmanFleming) January 27, 2019
Leipzig would add a fourth in the 68th minute through Konrad Laimer. The win moved Leipzig to fourth in the Bundesliga.
Leipzig and Adams return to action on Friday, Feb. 1 with a match against Bobby Wood's Hannover 96.