After eight years with the New York Red Bulls, Tyler Adams knew it was time to move on.
The 19-year-old will transfer to RB Leipzig during the January transfer window.
"When I look back at it, signing with the Red Bulls was the best decision that I could have made," Adams said. "I could have gone to Europe, I could have waited until I was 18 to play my first game and maybe had ten games under my belt by now. But, instead, now I have 70, I’m more established, and I’m more prepared now for the next challenge."
The midfielder was first identified by Red Bulls Youth Coaches at a Summer Camp near his hometown of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. He was invited to join the Regional Development School program, and then graduated to the Red Bulls Academy. Adams signed his first professional contract with New York Red Bulls II at 16 after spending time with the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton.
"More than anything, I just want to thank the club and organization for how much they’ve done for me," Adams said. "Friends, parents back there have done so much over the past eight years for me and it’s all come full circle now, so I’m excited for the next step."
Adams spent one season with New York Red Bulls II, playing a key role in winning the 2016 USL regular season title and USL Cup before being adding to the MLS roster. He made his MLS debut on April 13, 2016 at San Jose. Adams would find a regular starting role in 2017, making 23 appearances and adding two goals and four assists. In all, Adams has made 74 appearances for New York across all competitions and was an integral piece of the team that won the 2018 Supporters’ Shield while setting MLS records for wins (22) and points (71).
"For me, leaving is obviously really tough because I have so many close friends here, whether it’s Homegrowns and guys that I’ve been able to grow up with and go to preseason with and just have a blast all the time," Adams said. "I think that’s been the most important thing for me here is that as much as I love to get out on the field, work hard, and get better, I’ve had so much fun doing it and if you enjoy coming to practice every day."
Adams won't be a stranger to New York, though.
"I know that whenever I come back here, I’ll be welcomed," he said.