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Tyler Adams on leading the U.S. men’s national soccer team

Tyler Adams joins Washington Post Live on Tuesday, Jan. 24. (Video: The Washington Post)

Tyler Adams was recently named the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Male Player of the Year. At 23 years old, Adams was the youngest captain at the World Cup, where he led the men’s U.S. soccer team. Adams joins The Post’s Dave Jorgenson to discuss rebuilding the young team’s identity and diversifying the sport. This conversation will be followed by a roundtable with The Post’s Marianna Sotomayor and Camilla DeChalus about the top stories on Capitol Hill – from the debt ceiling to the calls for banning TikTok.

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“One thing that amazed me when I started to live in Europe was the access to soccer fields are everywhere … Soccer, for me growing up was an expensive sport. In Europe you don't have to pay anything in order to play. I think we need to continue to allow kids, from all economic backgrounds, in order to succeed, to give them a ball at their feet at a young age and just be able to play for free." - Tyler Adams (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I’ve had the luxury of being in a family that was very diverse. I come from a diverse background; I’ve been in a lot of team environments with really good captains that are also very diverse. And I think by having that exposure to that, I’ve become a talker when I need to, but most importantly a listener. I can relate to a lot of people, make them feel comfortable. Allow them to get the best qualities out of themselves and feel confident. And that’s something that I always try to do when I’m on the field.” - Tyler Adams (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Going into that press conference we knew it’d probably be a little bit more hostile than the normal press conference leading into a World Cup. But I don’t think anybody could’ve been prepared for some of the questions that were thrown out there. For myself, what I always find important is that in a moment like that, you’re able to digest the question first and completely understand what they’re asking. And that’s why I almost felt like I was having a conversation with the reporter. There were no hard feelings. I didn’t feel pressure to have an amazing answer or stick to the script, so to speak. In that moment I just really expressed how I felt and I think that’s why it resonated with a lot of people.” - Tyler Adams (Video: Washington Post Live)
“It's quite evident that what they've done and the success that they've had and how hard they work, they deserve that opportunity to get paid as much as us, if not more. It doesn't matter about gender. Their success speaks for itself and when you have success you should get paid. That’s the bottom line.” - Tyler Adams (Video: Washington Post Live)

Tyler Adams

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Captain

Midfielder, Leeds United Football Club

Marianna Sotomayor

Congressional Reporter, The Washington Post

Camila DeChalus

Congressional Reporter, The Washington Post