KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 4, 2018
New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams is headed to Germany as it was announced on Sunday that he will move to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
The transfer of the 19-year-old will officially happen in January when the winter transfer window opens.
It has not been a secret that Adams would eventually head to Europe or that Leipzig was the top suitor to acquire him, but now the New York native will challenge himself at the highest level in Europe.
Adams odyssey into professional soccer started at the Red Bulls Academy in 2011, leading him to sign his first contract at 16 years old New York Red Bulls II who play in the United Soccer League. He would then move his way up to the New York's first team, making his debut for them in April 2016 against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The midfielder would eventually become a regular starter for the Red Bulls and contribute in the team winning the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2018.
Despite losing one of their top players, the New York Red Bulls' front office has given their support to Adams' move to Germany.
"We're genuinely happy for Tyler and his family and we know that he is ready for the next step. 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," said Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas.
"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."
Adams, for his part, expressed his thanks to the Red Bulls as he now heads off for his next adventure.
"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," he said.
Adams will not be alone in Leipzig as he will reunite with his former Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch.