Tyler Adams Parents Melissa Russo & Daryl Sullivan- Brother

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Tyler Adams’ biological parents separated before his birth, leaving his mother to raise him as a single parent for a while. After his mother’s remarriage, Tyler gained a father figure, Daryl Sullivan, who carved his professional career.  

Despite their rough situation, Tyler’s mother had full faith that her son would make it one day; and Tyler didn’t disappoint.

Besides, his stepfather, Daryl, also deserves credit for his success. As a former coach, he coached Tyler from a young age, helping him enhance his gameplay.

Professional Soccer Player, Tyler Adams
Professional Soccer Player, Tyler Adams (Source: Instagram)

An emerging soccer star, Tyler Adams, plays as a midfielder for the EFL Championship club Leeds United.

Earlier in 2015, Tyler signed his first professional contract, debuting with the New York Red Bulls II, and later joined the New York Red Bull’s first team.

Before joining his current team, he played for RB Leipzig and made 75 appearances.

Besides, the midfielder has represented the United States at multiple youth levels before making his senior team debut in 2017.

Additionally, Tyler captioned the team during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, making him the youngest American caption since 1950.

Moreover, he earned the 2022 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year title for his valuable contribution to the squad during the World Cup.

Who Are Tyler Adams Parents?

Tyler Adams was born to his biological father and mother, Melissa Russo, on February 14, 1999.

His biological father (name undisclosed) has remained out of the picture since his childhood, following the separation of his parents.

Tyler’s biological father was not around, so his mother had to take full responsibility, guiding him through life’s journey.

Having said that, his mother, Melissa, raised him in her own spirit. Her guidance and behavior have shaped Tyler to be who he is today.

Tyler Adams With His Mother
Tyler Adams With His Mother (Source: Instagram)

Growing up, Tyler shared a small two-bedroom apartment with his mother in Poughkeepsie, New York.

She had him at the young age of 22; hence, she put her time away from college to focus on raising him.

Despite the circumstances, his mother didn’t let her dreams fly away. She later attended Marist College, graduating with a Fine Arts degree in 2008.

The mother-son duo supported each other’s aspirations and goals and always had each other’s back. However, it was not long before their family of two turned into a family of six.

When Taylor was about 13 years old, his mother married his stepfather, Daryl Sullivan Sr. and Sullivan’s three sons became a part of their family.

Tyler Adams Stepfather And Stepbrother

After having his stepfather’s family in his life, Tyler’s life changed for the good. His stepfather, whom he proudly calls his father, helped him with his athletic journey. 

As a former coach, he assisted and coached Taylor early in his soccer career. When Taylor captained the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad, he was elated with happiness. 

“He’s wearing the captain’s armband, and he’s representing our family, our community, the whole country. Chills come over you,” Daryl Sullivan Sr. stated in an interview.

Tyler Adams With His Parents
Tyler Adams With His Parents (Source: Instagram)

His stepfather, Daryl, a Mount Saint Mary’s College graduate, earned his Master’s degree from Mercy College.

Regarding his professional career, he worked as a teacher at Roy C. Ketcham High School.

Not to forget, as a former collegiate soccer coach, he has coached various teams and players. 

Besides, Taylor has three younger stepbrothers; Darryl Sullivan Jr., Dylan Sullivan, and Donovan Sullivan. 

His brother, Darryl, played collegiate soccer at Marist College before transferring to Robert Morris University. 

Based on his LinkedIn, he now works as an account representative trainee at Total Quality Logistics.

Further, Dylan, an alum of Clemson University, plays for the New York Red Bulls II. However, not much is available about his brother, Donovan.

Utsana Thapa
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