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Tyler Adams named USMNT captain for World Cup

Field Level Media
21 Nov 2022, 01:40 GMT+10

Midfielder Tyler Adams has been named captain of the U.S. Men's National Team for the World Cup in Qatar.

Adams, 23, will wear the armband when the U.S. opens play in Group B on Monday against Wales.

Adams, who plays professionally for the Premier League's Leeds United, has been the American captain for nine of his 32 previous caps. Seven of those games were during World Cup qualifying.

"We're proud to announce Tyler is the captain for the World Cup," USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said Sunday. "We think he has great leadership capabilities, he leads by his actions and his words."

Adams is the youngest captain for the U.S. team at a World Cup since 22-year-old Harry Keough in 1950.

"It's a huge honor for me, obviously, to be named captain of this team," Adams said. "A very young team, but a lot of credit to my teammates because anyone throughout our leadership council can wear that arm band and represent us with pride and represent us in the right way."

Adams played for the U.S. at the U17 World Cup in 2017 and made his senior national team debut against Portugal later that year.

The Wappinger, N.Y., native spent his youth career in the New York Red Bulls academy. He recorded two goals and 11 assists in 52 MLS matches (49 starts) with the Red Bulls from 2016-18.

Adams played for RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga from 2019-22 before joining Leeds United last July.

--Field Level Media

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