American media reacts to Leeds United duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson in World Cup draw v Wales
Leeds United duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson both featured for the United States in their World Cup match against Wales on Monday 21 November.
Adams was handed the start – and the captain’s armband – by manager Gregg Berhalter, while Aaronson came off the bench for an impressive cameo in the second half.
The match ended 1-1 after Gareth Bale’s late penalty drew things level following Timothy Weah’s opener, but what did the American media make of the Leeds duo?
American outlet CBS piled praise on Adams in particular, giving him an 8/10 rating and labelling him the “best player on the field.”
They added: “The captain was cool and composed. Always played smart, checking to the ball, instructing those around him, and leading by example. He had a late tackle on Bale that was quite impressive. He’s the heart and soul of this team.”
On Aaronson, they wrote: “Adds a bit of dynamic ability. His turns into space are superb, and he gave this team some juice it couldn’t capitalize on. He probably should have gotten more than 24 minutes.” – along with a 7/10 rating.
NBC Sports also hailed the impact of Adams: “Leeds’ 23-year-old midfield engine was a long-range marksman”, alongside a 7/10 rating.
ESPN were slightly less generous and handed both Adams and Aaronson 6/10 ratings for their performance. However, Adams was praised for his “suffocating midfield play” that made Wales “toothless in attack”. Aaronson’s cameo was also hailed for adding some “much-needed energy” to the midfield.
Many Leeds fans would’ve been keeping a keen eye on the United States on Monday evening, with Leeds’ summer signings taking part in their first World Cup matches.
Firstly, both players got through the match unscathed so Jesse Marsch will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Adams was typically busy in the centre of midfield and covered plenty of ground intercepting passes and breaking up play, while Aaronson was the United States go-to option off the bench to make an impact going forward.
He managed 24 minutes and showed glimpses of creativity, although he was forced to defend for much of his cameo as Wales piled on the pressure.
With one point now on the board in Group B, Adams and Aaronson will now prepare for a huge clash against England on Friday night.
Leeds’ other World Cup star, Rasmus Kristensen, gets his tournament started on Tuesday afternoon as Denmark take on Tunisia in Group D.
In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch retains interest in Ecuador winger Gonzalo Plata