Former New York Red Bulls star Homegrown product Tyler Adams scored the game-winning goal for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga side's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal match with Atletico Madrid on Thursday, after entering the match as a second-half substitute.
Adams came on in the 72nd minute with his team tied 1-1 after an equalizing penalty kick from Atletico's Joao Felix, and delivered a dramatic game-winner in the 87th minute, collecting the ball at the top of the area and uncorking a rocket shot that took a deflection before finding the back of the net for the goal that sent RB Leipzig to the Champions League semifinals. Watch it below.
Tyler Adams does it!!— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 13, 2020
The American man puts Leipzig up 2-1 with minutes remaining! pic.twitter.com/HShBjxNXGz
It was a milestone moment for Adams even before the massive goal, as he became the fifth US player to feature in a Champions League quarterfinal with the appearance, putting him in some select company.
Tyler Adams subs in for RB Leipzig, becoming the fifth U.S. international to play in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.— Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) August 13, 2020
🇺🇸 Tyler Adams
🇺🇸 Christian Pulisic
🇺🇸 Jermaine Jones
🇺🇸 DaMarcus Beasley
🇺🇸 John O'Brien
"It’s a deflection but it counts the same as a regular one so I’ll take it," Adams joked afterward in an interview with CBS Sports.
"It's so exciting for me to come in and play in a Champions League game," he continued. "For the first six months, when we started the Champions League campaign, I was injured so it's a good feeling to get out there, obviously fully fit, and show what I'm capable of."
"With such a young team, we are not really fazed in these big moments.”— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 13, 2020
More from Tyler Adams following his heroic performance in Lisbon. pic.twitter.com/AxMb3scM8V
Adams and RB Leipzig will now play French champions Paris Saint-Germain, including superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, in the semifinals. Adams says he's relishing the challenge.
"That’s something definitely to get excited about," he said. "It’s a hard challenge but we’re going to be up for it."