USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Friday, February 26, 2016
DAVENPORT, Fla. – For the New York Red Bulls’ Sean Davis and Tyler Adams, 2015 brought about the transition to the professional ranks.
This year, the two Homegrown midfielders are aiming to make a mark as the club looks to build on a season that brought the MLS Supporters’ Shield to Red Bull Arena for the second time in three seasons.
In pursuit of that goal, both players spent two weeks this offseason training with Austrian Bundesliga side Red Bull Salzburg and German Second Division side Red Bull Leipzig. For Adams, who had been the first signing in Red Bulls II history, the trip was an eye-opener.
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“Getting that experience was great,” he told NewYorkRedBulls.com’s Eric Giacometti. “I trained with the U-19 team in Leipzig with a lot of German youth internationals; it was really competitive. I got some test matches in against Bayern Munich with Leipzig, and I trained with the youth team in Salzburg. But the overall experience—the facilities, the atmosphere, the fields—it was amazing.”
The 16-year-old Adams made 11 appearances for the Red Bulls II in his first professional season, but it was his performance in the Red Bulls’ exhibition against Chelsea that drew most attention. Playing alongside Davis, who notched two goals in the game, and numerous Red Bulls II players, Adams scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 69th minute as the side earned a 4-2 win against the Premier League side.
“Tyler showed really well that game,” Davis told Giacometti. “He showed the club and the fans what he brings to the table. I just remember feeling really comfortable with him out there, knowing that he was going to be aggressive, work hard, and he wasn’t afraid of the moment.”
Davis made five appearances with the Red Bulls II, in addition to 14 appearances in MLS, as he made the transition from the college ranks. As the more experienced player of the two, Adams has appreciated what he’s learned from playing alongside Davis.
“Playing alongside Sean has been awesome,” Adams told Giacometti. “I’ve acquired a lot of his traits just from watching him play. His technical ability, how he can slow the game down or speed it up, his passing, he’s just such a good player who works really hard. Playing next to him, you find yourself working just as hard as him, if not harder.”
With a midfield that contains players like Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty, Lloyd Sam and Felipe at the top of the depth chart, it will be interesting to see how much both Adams and Davis will play in MLS this season.
One thing’s for sure, though – they’re going to do everything that can to make Coach Jesse Marsch’s decision a difficult one.“It’s been very worthwhile to partner up with him, and we look to push each other and the guys ahead of us,” Davis told Giacometti. “We’re looking forward to that challenge this year.”