By Craig Scott

28th Sep, 2022 | 7:40am

USA media reacts to Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson displays as Leeds United feature v Saudi Arabia

Leeds United duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson played in a dull friendly in Spain on Tuesday as the USA were held to a 0-0 draw by Saudi Arabia.

Adams, 23, started and completed 90 minutes of the clash at the Estadio Enrique Roca de Murcia while Aaronson, 21, had to make do with coming off the bench to play just 15 minutes.

It was by no means a classic and Adams’ performance wasn’t the best, based on the reaction of the US media.

According to The Athletic, it was Adams who had the best chance the break the deadlock in the first half as a “powerful low shot had the goalkeeper beaten but went just wide of the post”.

The NY Times wasn’t impressed by Adams’ overall performance in the midfield though. The New York newspaper said: “No player distinguished himself — not anyone among the core of young starters, nor the fringe players fighting for some of the final roster spots. Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, the team’s young, midfield linchpins, looked worryingly irresolute.”

NBC Sports marked Adams’ display as a 6.5/10 in their player ratings, saying: “Asked to play out of his strength in a one-man holding role, but also takes too many risks with the ball.” Aaronson wasn’t rated and received an N/A.

The US version of Goal did have a brief line on Aaronson though, saying he had a “decent cameo” when he came off the bench. Adams received a 6/10 and was slightly criticised.

“A typical Tyler Adams performance. Ran all over the place, made several tackles and covered a lot of ground without another holding midfielder next to him. That said, it would have been nice to see a bit more ambition when on the ball,” said Goal’s player ratings.


It was an international friendly game, in Spain, between USA and Saudi Arabia.

It was never going to be a classic, was it?

The Americans have been in very poor form away from the States, which doesn’t bode well for them going into the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

However, they are bound to see their group as one they can do well in.

As Leeds fans should know, USA and England are in the same group as each other with Wales and Iran making up the other two sides.

England and Wales are both in poor form and Iran are bound to be seen as the whipping boys of the group as the expectations of the USMNT are bound to be quite high.

Usually, they’d have Aaronson starting but it seems he was dropped for this game against Saudi Arabia and when he came off the bench, he didn’t have much of an opportunity to change things.

Adams’ display doesn’t sound as though it was great but what matters most for us is that he’s started quite well with Leeds in the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has agreed a massive deal away from Elland Road.