Tyler Adams (left) battles D.C.’s Luciano Acosta for the ball (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
With goals at a premium in soccer, it is easy to get lost in the shuffle of things, especially on the defensive side.
Many players, however, have can stand out without putting the ball into the net.
Case in point:
Red Bulls defensive midfielder Tyler Adams, who seemed to be all over the field in New York’s 2-0 home win over D.C. United Saturday night.
Adams seemed to be all over the Red Bull Arena field, forcing the issue with Bradley Wright-Phillips up front and then tracking back to break up a potential D.C. scoring opportunity.
For his efforts, the 18-year-old Adams Monday was named the FrontRowSoccer.com’s player of the week.
A member of the U.S. Under-20 national team, Adams was honored for the week ending Sunday, April 16.
He became the first Red Bull player to receive the honor this season.
“He was good within the game, and everything from his passing to his duels to his head balls to little counter-pressing moments,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “He was good last week, and he was good again this week.
“Tyler is showing some maturity and progress, which is really great to see.”
FrontRowSoccer.com player of the week winners
Week 1 (March 6) — Joseph Bendik (Orlando City SC)
Week 2 (March 13) — David Villa (New York City FC)
Week 3 (March 20) — Rodney Wallace (New York City FC)
Week 4 (March 27) — Vincent Bezecourt (New York Red Bulls II)
Week 5 (April 3) — Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC)
Week 6 (April 10) — Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos)
Week 7 (April 17) — Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls)