Poised Tyler Adams wows Leipzig media after first practice

Tyler Adams, the latest American to step into a first team in Germany, made quite an impression in his first press conference in Germany.

The former New York Red Bulls midfielder introduced himself in German -- "Hallo, ich bin Tyler. Ich bin sehr glücklich in Leipzig zu sein." ("Hello I'm Tyler. I'm very happy to be in Leipzig") -- then later revealed he had a German girlfriend -- actually, he later explained, an American whose grandparents are German -- and was studying online and already two years into getting his college degree from MLS's Southern New Hamsphire program. He said he loved photography and nature and was excited about the prospect of visiting the city of Leipzig.

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It was only when he was asked who was with him and he said "my dad" that you remembered he is still more than a month away from his 20th birthday.

Asked to explain his strengths to the Leipzig media, he said, "I offer a bit in the defensive part of the game. I'm able to cover ground and break up plays, that's what I'm most known for. The ability in transition to either start attacks quickly or break up plays going the other way, that's something I'm good at."

Early in his first practice -- RB Leipzig is training at home, not at a warm-weather base abroad -- Adams started slipping because of the icy conditions and had to switch to a pair of shoes with studs, but he also made quite an impression on head coach Ralf Rangnick.

"He can play as a defensive midfielder, a box-to-box midfielder, as a playmaker and as a fullback," he said. "He's got an unbelievable sense for when to press the opposition."

Adams said the challenges he will face include coming off a long season and getting up the rhythm of his teammates and dealing with the ups and downs he will face.

"You have to be a bit more patient for playing time," he said. "You have to work hard and work yourself into the team. It's about managing yourself off the field to manage the ups and downs that you'll have."

Adams said he knew for a while that he would be joining RB Leipzig -- he first went to train at Leipzig when he was 16 -- and followed it because of its connections to the New York Red Bulls, but he also knew a lot about the Bundesliga because of the breakthroughs of other Americans, 20-year-old Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie and 18-year-old Josh Sargent.

"They are all guys I know closely," he said. "I've played with them for a good amount of time now. Josh, Christian and Weston McKennie all love the league so much and they've been able to adapt to it so well now. Obviously, Christian has been at Dortmund a bit longer and he's someone I've followed closely. I'm specifically close with Weston. He made the move to Schalke and kind of hit the ground running and has done a great job since. Sargent more recently proven himself with the national team now and has done a good job and is getting more minutes day by day with Werder Bremen."

5 comments about "Poised Tyler Adams wows Leipzig media after first practice".
  1. stewart hayes, January 7, 2019 at 4:52 p.m.

    Impressive in the press conference as well as on the field.  He is an exciting confident personality with many challenges ahead for sure but he appears to have the tools to deal with them.     

  2. Tom G replied, January 7, 2019 at 7:40 p.m.

    Well said Stuart.Every time you hear him speak under different circumstances and this time under some pressure he is articulate responsive candid relaxed and a down to earth American ya gotta love the guy. The sky is the limit for him. God bless him. 

  3. Tom G replied, January 7, 2019 at 7:41 p.m.

    Sorry I miss spell your name Steward. 

  4. beautiful game, January 7, 2019 at 6:12 p.m.

    Head coach Ralf Rangnick...
    "He can play as a defensive midfielder, a box-to-box midfielder, as a playmaker and as a fullback," he said. "He's got an unbelievable sense for when to press the opposition." Nowhere did the coach talk about speed and physicality as is customary in MLS. 

  5. frank schoon replied, January 9, 2019 at 11:29 a.m.

    BG, He couched his comments in different terms...what do you think "box to box" means in German soccer,obviously he has to have  longue capacity. "Playmaker" ????? Pleaze...

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