New York Red Bulls fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because midfielder Tyler Adams is back to full fitness and playing competitive soccer once again.
On Monday Adams was given the start for the USMNT U-20 team in a crucial match against Mexico in Group D of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
The U-20 #USMNT kick off vs. rival Mexico in one hour!— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) February 27, 2017
Introducing the Starting XI for the matchup.
preview: https://t.co/qqCQDmQ1Lg pic.twitter.com/JjVkoOb6yC
Adams played the full 90 minutes, demonstrating his complete recovery from an injury that kept him out of the team's last two matches in Group A.
Adams was the victim of a terrible tackle attempt by a Panama player in the team's opening match of the tournament, and had to be subbed out early in what would ultimately be a 1-0 loss to a 10-man Panama team. Adams left the stadium in crutches, leading many to assume he had broken a bone or torn a ligament in his foot.
However, the concerns proved to be unfounded - Adams is back in the U-20 lineup, and he showed little sign of any lingering effects of the injury. His characteristic exceptional awareness and ball distribution were on full display against Mexico and he played a big role in the USA's first win over El Tri at this level for over 30 years.
When you beat Mexico in the @CONCACAF U-20 Championship for the first time since 1986... pic.twitter.com/gPmHhmpjDs— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) February 28, 2017
The 1-0 win also snapped Mexico's 20-game U-20 CONCACAF Championship unbeaten streak in the process. The young Americans got their match-winner from captain Erik Palmer-Brown in the 29th minute.
The USMNT U-20 team will play El Salvador in the CONCACAF Championship on Friday March 3.