By Sean Fisher

9th Dec, 2022 | 1:40pm

Leeds United duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson impress as USA World Cup ratings revealed

Leeds United duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson have been rated by the Daily Mail for their World Cup contributions with USA in Qatar.

Adams was nominated as the nation’s captain just days before the tournament began and it proved to be an inspired decision as the 23-year-old led his side through example in Group B. The Leeds midfielder played every single minute for his nation.

Aaronson was less fortunate and had to settle for a role as a substitute, but he too made some impactful cameos before the 3-1 loss to The Netherlands.

The Daily Mail have now given their verdict of the entire USA squad, and it’s good news for both of Leeds United’s American duo.

Adams is given a 8.5/10 rating, accompanied by: “Adams delivered for the USA with tireless midfield performances in Qatar. The Leeds midfielder was equal parts tenacity and composure, as he helped the US navigate a tricky group and a nail-biting finish vs. Iran.

“No one won more tackles (nine) than him in Qatar, and only Robinson made more ball recoveries. Adams was the team’s most consistent performer, giving his more attack-minded teammates the license to go forward and massively burgeoning his reputation.”

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Aaronson was given a 6/10 rating and was described as not looking his best. However: “He offered the same intensity as usual but was unable to create much going forward.” The 22-year-old was also backed to be part of the 2026 World Cup squad.


Many Leeds fans were put in a difficult position after the USA were drawn in the same group as England, and most Whites were keeping a keen eye on the progress of Adams and Aaronson even when against the Three Lions.

Frankly, Adams was one of the best players of the tournament in the group stage. He didn’t look fazed by the tournament at all and led his nation with grace and composure.

He can count himself unlucky to have crashed out of the tournament when he did, but Jesse Marsch and Leeds supporters will be overjoyed to see him back in Yorkshire fit and firing.

Aaronson’s role as a substitute was an eyebrow-raiser for many Leeds fans after watching the impact he had on Leeds since his summer move.

He looked bright and energetic during his cameos though and it’s brilliant to also have Aaronson back with Leeds and pretty much rested. Hopefully both US stars can carry their momentum with them into the second half of hte season at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign Abdelhamid Sabiri, and a January transfer auction is on cards