It's a good thing Tyler Adams (aka "AmeriKante") traveled with the New York Red Bulls first team to Central America during the CONCACAF Champions League, because he'll have some sense of what lies ahead now that he's an official member of the USMNT Under-20 squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Costa Rica starting on February 17.
On Thursday, U.S. Soccer announced U-20 head coach Tab Ramos' squad for the upcoming tournament, with Adams appearing on the roster along with 10 other MLS players, four players from non-US teams, and five college players.Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Marlon Fossey (Fulham F.C.; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y), Luca de la Torre (Fulham F.C.; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.)
The New York Red Bulls website confirmed Adams' call-up to the team shortly after.
#RBNY's Tyler Adams Named to @ussoccer_ynt Team for 2017 @CONCACAF U-20 Championship ➡️ https://t.co/iAsxT5auvW pic.twitter.com/cA3hSrgJ4O— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) February 9, 2017
Adams' presence on the roster pretty much guarantees that he won't be available when the Red Bulls take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals, starting February 22. And it could result in his absence from RBNY's MLS season-opener against Atlanta United on March 5.
Last year Adams started in three of RBNY's four CCL group stage matches, taking Felipe's spot at defensive midfielder on a team that gave up the fewest goals in that phase of the tournament. He is young for the 2017 U-20 age group (the cut off for this cohort is a 1997 birth year; Adams was born in 1999) but is tipped for a breakout season, in part because of the opportunities he might get to perform at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and - if the young Americans qualify and he is selected - this year's U-20 World Cup.
The first step - a ticket to the tournament - has been taken. Tyler Adams' 2017 starts on February 18 against Panama's U-20s.