Tyler Adams on Josh Sargent: “If he can keep [scoring] we’re going to have a great run.”(Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
INCHEON, Korea — Recording its first win at the Under-20 World Cup was not just a team victory, but and individual one as well, says Tyler Adams.
“Before the game, we talked about emphasizing individual performances today,” the Red Bulls midfielder of the 1-0 victory over Senegal Thursday. “I think everybody stepped up in the right manner and everyone put in a good shift today that resulted in a win.”
Good enough to take the Group F lead with a 1-0-1 record and four points.
The Americans pressed the African side, forcing the issue and creating several counterattacks.
“We tried to counterattack that by just putting a good effort in,” Adams said. “We know that if we press them, we will give them a hard time and create a lot of chances for ourselves in the opposing half of the field.
“I think Josh [Sargent], myself, and Luca [de la Torre], we tried to capitalize on those opportunities and tried to go forward as quickly as possible.”
And speaking of Sargent, he tallied the lone goal of the match, his third in only two games.
“He’s a big talent,” Adams said. “He has the confidence there and I try to keep instilling him with confidence and obviously it’s paying off. I think that he’s clinical in front of the goal and he just battles out there. He’s resilient and that helps us a lot. So if he can keep [scoring] we’re going to have a great run.”
Already assured a third-place finish, the U.S. can book a spot in the Round of 16 with a draw against Saudi Arabia in its final group-stage encounter Sunday at 5 a.m. ET (FS1, Telemundo). A win would clinch the group title.