'He'll become better': Tyler Adams receives mixed reviews after World Cup appearance last night
Adams was handed the captain’s armband at the start of the tournament, and has been in brilliant form.
The midfielder was sensational in the United States’ opening game against Iran.
His performances have attracted attention from other clubs already despite only signing for Leeds this summer.
The Netherlands presented another massive challenge for Adams and co. in his side’s first World Cup knockout game since 2014.
Unfortunately, it was a hurdle too far for the USMNT, and Adams and Aaronson will now return to Elland Road.
Adams’ USA finally defeated at the World Cup
The Leeds midfielder was unfortunately one of the players at fault for Memphis Depay’s opener.
This was reflected in the media’s rating for Adams yesterday, which were all around five out of 10.
MLS Soccer said, “5/10. Adams could’ve done better with tracking on the first goal.
“Big picture, he knows his position very well and understands his role in the team.
“He’ll become better on the ball by picking out passes, but he had a very good World Cup. A very well-respected leader who’s a key figure.”
CBS Sports followed this up with the same rating, and again highlighted Adams’ role in the first goal.
“5/10. This was the first game of the tournament where Adams didn’t shine brightly.
“The passing of the Dutch was just so efficient and quick, he never was able to truly react and stop them.
“He also is at fault for the first goal as Depay passed him and ended up being completely unmarked for his well-taken goal.”
Pro Soccer Wire by USA Today gave him a slightly upgraded rating of 5.5 out of 10 and said, “Adams had a brilliant tournament, but this final game is unfortunately a blemish.
“He does bear some significant responsibility on the first Dutch goal, as he let Memphis go without tracking him or even seeming to call someone else over to pick him up.
“It’s a very uncharacteristic moment, and though a lot went wrong for the USMNT on that entire sequence, it is ultimately his man who scored.”
Adams needs a break before the Premier League returns
Adams ended up being specifically marked by Davy Klaassen which limited his role in the game.
He played every minute for the United States in Qatar, and started to look tired yesterday.
The midfielder has also been ever-present in the Premier League, and has made himself impossible to drop.
Marsch would be wise to give him some time off before the Premier League restarts.
Adams can be very proud of his performance at the World Cup this winter.
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