New York Red Bulls wonderkid Tyler Adams represented his country well - albeit briefly - in arguably the hardest match the U.S. will play in the Group Stage of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. It did not end well for him or the US U-20 Men's National Team.
Earning the starting nod in midfield in a 4-4-2 against Panama from U-20 head coach Tab Ramos, Adams displayed good speed against the much larger Panamanian U-20s. Unfortunately, he got tripped up hard on a tackle by Panama's Justin Simmons, which earned the Panama star a straight red card and earned Adams some gimpiness at the 18' mark.
Up a man early as a result of the Panama straight red, Ramos decided to pull Adams at the 31' mark.
A curling golazo from Leandro Avila minutes later allowed Panama to take the 1-0 lead that they would retain for the rest of the game.
When the team emerged from the locker room at halftime, Adams was not looking healthy.
Tyler Adams returns from locker room on crutches, w/ankle wrapped. Not a good sign for his future participation in this tournament— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) February 18, 2017
Suffice it to say, Adams could very well be done in the U-20 Championship. Now the question must be asked whether his MLS status will be affected by the injury too.