2017 has really been Tyler Adams’ year: He helped the USMNT U-20 team win their first-ever CONCACAF Championship, broke out into the starting lineup for the Red Bulls, helped the USYNT squadreach the FIFA U-20 World Cup Quarter-Finals, scored his first MLS brace, AND earned his first cap for the USMNT senior squad. Adams’ strong year has in turn earned him a nomination for one of the US Soccer Federation’s top awards.
On Tuesday, US Soccer announced their six nominees for the 2017 Young Male Player of the Year - to which Adams was nominated. The other five were Luca De La Torre, Jonathan Gonzalez, Erik Palmer-Brown, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah.
Adams may be a bit of an underdog in this race, as the front-runners for the award will likely be Palmer-Brown and Sargent. Palmer-Brown was the captain of the aforementioned USMNT U-20 team, while Sargent became the first player in US history to earn callups to the U-17, U-20 and Senior team in the same calendar year.
Nonetheless, Adams’ stock continues to rise exponentially.