Adams joins select group of Americans in Champions League quarterfinals

A deflected shot from 21-year-old American Tyler Adams  in the 88th minute gave RB Leipzig a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid and a spot in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Adams' appearance against Atletico Madrid made him the fourth U.S. international to play in a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, joining American products John O'Brien (Ajax, 2003), DaMarcus Beasley (PSV, 2005) and Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, 2017). (German-raised Jermaine Jones  played for Schalke 04 in the 2008 quarterfinals before he switched his eligibility from Germany to play for the USA.)

A New York state native, Adams joined the Red Bulls Academy after impressing at U-13 tryouts. After a stint at U.S. Soccer's Bradenton U-17 Residency he became the first signing for the Red Bulls II (USL) in 2015. He made his MLS debut in 2016. Adams joined the Red Bulls' sister club RB Leipzig at age 19 after the 2018 season with 59 MLS games under his belt.

Adams made his Bundesliga debut in January of 2019 and played nine more games in the 2018-19 season. He missed more than six months with injuries last year but played in all nine games for Leipzig after the Bundesliga 2019-20 season's return from the COVID interruption.

He entered Thursday's quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid -- his second Champions League appearance after playing 34 minutes in the 3-0 round of 16 win over Tottenham -- in the 72nd minute.

“I was told that I wasn’t going to start but I needed to be ready to come off the bench and make an impact,” said Adams. “I had to get myself in the right mindset to come out and bring energy into the team. ... I'm not a typical goalscorer but I'm happy I could help the team."

In its first Champions League semifinal appearance, RB Leipzig faces Paris St. Germain Aug. 18.

"We're really, really excited," Adams said. "We know Paris are a great team, we saw what they did against Atalanta yesterday and they've got really good players."

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