More than Pulisic: Five U-20 USMNT prospects with bright futures
Tyler Adams, New York Red Bulls midfielder
Arguably the most talented U.S. youth prospect in Major League Soccer, Adams has yet to make an impact in MLS. That should change in 2017, despite the fact that he’ll likely miss more time on World Cup duty.
A smart, quality midfielder that can cover large swathes of ground, Adams’ performance leading the U.S. midfield press was key in the group’s win over Mexico. He’s much more than a physical presence that goes from box-to-box or can shield a back line, as he has a high soccer IQ and offers quality that belies his youth.
Adams is capable of playing as the No. 6 or No. 8 in the middle, and has experience as an outside back. While he may lack MLS experience, Adams made 21 appearances between the regular season and playoffs for Red Bulls II on the way to winning USL Cup in 2016. An MLS breakthrough and overseas rumors can’t be that far around the corner for the 18-year-old.