The one benefit Red Bulls fans might see to the USMNT missing the 2018 World Cup is not having to worry about midfielder Tyler Adams missing an entire month of MLS/US Open Cup action. However, the team’s young stud is still poised to miss several games this season if he’s called up by the USMNT this Spring & Summer.
On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT has scheduled three friendlies for the coming year: March 27 vs Paraguay, June 2 at Ireland, and June 9 at France.
The March 27th friendly is sandwiched between a home game against Minnesota United (March 24) and an away game against Orlando City (March 31).
The two June friendlies are the exact same day as MLS games - June 2 at New England Revolution, and June 9 at Columbus Crew.
Adams has been capped in each of the last two USMNT friendlies and has continued to receive rave reviews as a versatile midfield weapon.
While the USMNT won’t be participating in any non-friendly matches until at least the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup (June 2019), Adams will likely have plenty of opportunities to make his case for a permanent spot on the roster.
The Red Bulls are already set to miss the services of defenders Michael Amir Murillo and Fidel Escobar, who are very likely to be called up for Panama’s World Cup squad in mid-June, or earlier if Los Canaleros schedule some friendlies beforehand..