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Tyler Adams

Date of birth:
14th February 1999
United States
Previous clubs:
Leeds United

United States captain Tyler Adams was the seventh signing of the summer of 2023 at AFC Bournemouth.

A New York native, Adams joined hometown club New York Red Bulls as a teenager, progressing through the academy system.

He turned professional as a 16-year-old, representing New York Red Bulls II, making his debut in a 4-1 victory over Toronto FC II, the first victory in club history.

Adams featured regularly across 2015 and 2016, leading his side to the USL Cup title, defeating Swope Park Rangers 5-1 in the final.

His first taste of first team action came in a pre-season friendly with Chelsea in July 2015, the midfielder heading past former Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to score in a 4-2 win.

He was awarded his competitive debut against San Jose Earthquakes in April 2016 and established himself as a regular starter in the 2017 season.

Across two seasons, Adams made 81 appearances for New York Red Bulls, winning the MLS Supporters Shield in 2018.

He moved to German side RB Leipzig in January 2019, making his first start in the same month against Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Until he suffered an abductor injury in April, RB Leipzig hadn’t lost a single game in which he’d been on the field, a run stretching nine games.

Adams returned in time for the DFB-Pokal final, starting in a 3-0 defeat to Bayern.

Despite missing the first half of the 2019/20 season, Adams had firmly established himself as a key player for the Bundesliga side, making his UEFA Champions League debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

He scored the dramatic winning goal in a 2-1 win over Atlético Madrid to send his side to the semi-final of the competition for the first time, his 88th minute effort proving decisive in the single-legged fixture.

Adams helped Leipzig finish in second position in the Bundesliga in 2020/21, their joint-highest domestic finish, playing alongside his future Cherries teammate Justin Kluivert.

After making more than 100 appearances for Leipzig, Adams reunited with former manager Jesse Marsch at Leeds United.

He made his debut in a win over Wolves in August 2022 and had made 26 appearances in all competitions before a hamstring injury curtailed his season.

Despite suffering relegation, Adams proved to be an influential player for the Elland Road side, who missed him greatly in his absence, and he attracted the interest of a number of clubs across Europe.

In November 2022, Adams was named captain of the United States national team ahead of the Qatar World Cup. At just 23, Adams was the youngest captain in the competition and the youngest US captain since 1950.

He inspired the US to the knockout stages of the competition, losing to Netherlands in the round of 16, and Adams was rewarded with the 2022 US Soccer Male Player of the Year award for his performances.

Adams now arrives at the Cherries on a five-year deal, completing a move for an undisclosed fee. 

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