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It’s official: New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams transfers to Leipzig

May 26, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams (4) plays the ball against the Philadelphia Union during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Red Bulls made official what’s long been rumored: midfielder Tyler Adams has been transferred to RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga, the club announced Sunday afternoon.

The 19-year-old will officially join Leipzig, and reunite with former New York head coach Jesse Marsch, when the January transfer window opens. 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,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “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 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.”

After moving up through the Red Bulls system — the first player to go from the RDS program to the academy, USL and MLS — Adams made his first-team debut against Chelsea, scoring in the 4-2 victory in July, 2015. He spent the last two years as a regular starter in the club’s midfield. In all, Adams 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).

“We’re genuinely happy for Tyler and his family and we know that he is ready for the next step,” Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said in the statement. “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.”

Since earning his first international cap against Portugal last November, Adams has emerged as an integral part of the USMNT midfield. He’s made nine appearances, and scored his first international goal in a 1-0 win over Mexico on Sept. 11.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the organization, coaches, staff, my teammates and the supporters,” Adams said in a 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.”




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