Bundesliga move: Tyler Adams will become ' immediate option' for RB Leipzig

Less than 72 hours after the Supporters' Shield champion New York Red Bulls were eliminated from the MLS playoffs, they announced that their 19-year-old star Tyler Adams had been sold to RB Leipzig, another of the Red Bull clubs.

The midfielder will be registered with RB Leipzig when the winter transfer window opens in January 2019 and be eligible to play after the winter break. RB Leipzig opens the second half of the season against leader Borussia Dortmund on the weekend of Jan. 18-21.

"If I think about the top leagues in the world, I think about the Bundesliga," Adams said. "A lot of youngsters have made the next step in their development here. RB Leipzig are all about that, so it's a great step for me."

Adams played for the USA at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup and 2017 Under-20 World Cup. He's eligible for the 2019 Under-20 World Cup but is unlikely to play as he is a starter on the senior national team. He was second on the team in minutes played in 2018 and scored his first goal to give the USA a 1-0 win over Mexico in September.

He played most of the 2016 season for the USL champion New York Red Bulls II and became a starter on the Red Bulls in 2017. He played 51 games over the last two MLS seasons.

In only its third season in the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig is third in the standings behind Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach and ahead of Bayern Munich. It finished second in the Bundesliga in its first season in 2016-17 and sixth last season. It's considered one of the most aggressive clubs in Europe in pursing young talent.

"For me, it's the chance to prove myself at the highest level," Adams added, "and measure myself against my friends and compatriots, Christian Pulisic of Dortmund and Weston McKennie of Schalke."

Adams will join his former Red Bulls coach, Jesse Marsch, in Leipzig. Marsch left halfway through the 2018 MLS season to become an assistant under Leipzig coach and sporting director, Ralf Rangnick.

"We've been following Tyler Adams for a long time," said Rangnick. "At 19, he was a key player this season for the New York Red Bulls, and he made his senior international debut for the USA. He'll be an immediate option for the midfield, and we're sure he'll take the next step in his development in the Bundesliga."

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