Tyler Adams Becomes First Official Red Bull II Player

Tyler Adams Red Bulls

by ANTHONY J. MERCED
USL Beat Writer

The mysteries surrounding Red Bull II, New York Red Bull’s USL affiliate team, are slowly becoming a bit clearer with today’s announcement of Tyler Adams as the team’s first official signing.

Adams is a product of the Red Bull Academy, having been discovered through the Regional Development School program when he was only 10 years old. From there he was added to the team’s U-13 squad and since has worked his way through the different developmental teams.

“This is a great day for the club, Tyler and his family,” said Ali Curtis, Sporting Director of the New York Red Bulls. “This signing is a testament to Tyler’s hard work and to Bob Montgomery and our academy coaching staff.”

Last August, Adams was invited to join the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fl. and played in the most recent CONCACAF U-17 Championships in Honduras. Tyler, a defender, is ranked third overall and second at his position in the IMG Academy Top 150 for his age group, making him an extremely high commodity for the organization moving forward. Aside from making history as the team’s first USL signing, he is also the first player to fully come through the Red Bull Academy and sign a professional contract with the team.

“Tyler is a player that the organization has been excited about for a long time,” said head coach John Wolyniec. “He is a very talented player, and our academy staff has done an excellent job helping him develop all facets of his game. We look forward to the opportunity to continue his growth in the highly competitive USL environment.”

Adams will join the rest of the team, which still remains a mystery ahead of their first regular season USL game next Saturday, March 28th at 2pm. That game will be against the Rochester Rhinos at Red Bull Arena, giving Adams an immediate challenge against a team that has been playing in the USL for quite some time.

“I’d like to thank the Red Bulls for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” said Tyler. “I can’t thank Bob Montgomery and the academy staff enough for helping me grow as a player and reach this milestone. It’s a dream come true and is very special to share this day with my family who have always supported me both on and off the field. I look forward to putting in the hard work and can’t wait to get started.”