On the east coast of the United States, the Noon time start to watch a Bundesliga match was very exciting. This was going to be a fun time to sit back, relax and watch what was going to happen as Red Bull Leipzig was on the road to face Fortuna Dusseldorf.
From start to finish you saw Red Bull Leipzig clean their hosts clock as they put on a dominating performance from the first minute, all the way to the last, converting four times in a clean sheet victory, and it seems like they will be back on the right track, after this road match away from their Red Bull Arena.
But the biggest shock came to the systems of every American Soccer fan, including RBNY fans as we saw in the starting lineup, that Tyler Adams was going to get his very first start in his very first game for Red Bull Leipzig.
His game number was a bit different as he wore the #14, but that didn’t matter as he proved very quickly on the field, that he was all business on the pitch and he never looked to be out of place.
Since the opening whistle, Adams looked like himself within the midfield as he made some solid plays and attacked with the ball. He made several solid passes and one started an attack, but to be honest his forward looked to be in an offside position.
But that didn’t matter as we saw the future of the US Men’s National Team have a fantastic start to his Bundesliga career, he also pulled off a trick play where he was being defended. Just a little back heal flick to fool his defender and it kept the play alive in the second half.
But what was really great to see how Tyler Adams performed, was his position in an attacking run, where the shot that was taken by Ibrahima Konate in the 9th minute, went through two defenders and deflected off the inside of the back post, that went completely over the goal line.
Adams made sure he was trailing the play, to put himself into a position where, if the ball never went into the back of the net and the defenders of Dusseldorf were trying to clear it out, that he would be in a solid position, to at least try and intercept it and put the rebound in.
Of course helping him out is one of the assistant coaches who managed him in MLS with the New York Red Bulls is Jesse Marsch. Seeing Jesse on the bench and maybe thinking about how he was able to get his player up to speed and communicate with his teammates on the club.
But what really impressed me about this performance from Adams is that, he looked like he never lost a single step in his attack, nor his defending. While all clubs within the Red Bull Umbrella are different, the tactics are the same and you can see him playing comfortable with his new teammates.
What also impressed me was that the announcers who are based in Germany when the match was broadcasted on Fox Sports 2, they gave Tyler Adams a lot of praise and saw why he was the future of that club.
But while we will miss him not being in MLS anymore, the truth is that we are all happy for him performing at a very high level, as well as having him ready to play this summer, at the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the US Men’s National Team.
Congratulations Tyler. It was a job well done and keep on doing what we know you can do.