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Berhalter: RB Leipzig’s Adams to play RB, Yedlin a winger

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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 11: Tyler Adams #4 of the USA plays against Mexico in a friendly match at Nissan Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter made some waves on Monday with the news that he’ll deploy RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams at right back.

Adams, 20, is a box-to-box center mid in the Bundesliga but has played some right and left back with the New York Red Bulls.

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Berhalter will thus play DeAndre Yedlin as a right winger, which masks some of the dodgy defensive decisions he’s made at Newcastle United. And the former Columbus Crew man likely wants a nerve center sort of player a bit more advanced on the right of his formation when it has the ball.

RBL is unbeaten with Adams in the Bundesliga, with five wins and three draws as he’s gone 90 five times (and one appearance was just a couple minutes).

It’s an intriguing choice by Berhalter, who would know that fellow center mid Weston McKennie plays plenty of right back at Schalke in the same league as Adams.

And plenty of people gave Jurgen Klinsmann grief for using Kellyn Acosta at left back, though there’s a gulf of difference between where Acosta was in his career at FC Dallas and Adams’ rich vein of form for RBL.

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