Tyler Adams is preparing to go on a road trip through Europe with the United States.
The New York Red Bulls midfielder and Red Bull Academy trainee helped RB Leipzig knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday night, scoring the first and third goals in a 5-0 rout of the reigning champs.
“I feel great for a year’s work … to win the last time against the European powerhouse will make it that much sweeter,” Adams said.
Adams, the son of former MLS player Keith Adams, helped to lead the United States U-20 team to the Rio Olympics this past summer.
The forward scored his first Bundesliga goal with a 64th-minute tap-in and added a third in the 88th minute to help the club extend its winning streak to three straight games.
“Really proud,” Adams said. “We worked so hard. We played our hearts out, kind of not afraid. We know we can compete with anybody in the world. Tonight was great.”
It’s the first time Leipzig has reached the semifinals since the German team joined the Champions League in 2012.
Leipzig takes on either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League.
The Red Bulls also lost to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League, when Madrid went on to win the title.
Adams appeared in 26 games in his first season with the Red Bulls and has yet to score.