Tyler Adams: Mother Melissa Russo, Career & Family

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Tyler Adams is a professional soccer player who captains the United States Men’s National team and plays for the Premier League club Leeds United. Young and accomplished, behind Tyler’s success and fame is his mother’s sacrifice. 

The young captain is leading his national team quite well, and the team has been showing magic in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar.

The United States has advanced to the quarter-finals in the ongoing World Cup, which is a proud moment for the U.S. as it has not made it to the quarter-finals since 2002. 

However, the captain is at risk of a one-game suspension as he was pronounced a yellow card in a match against Iran.  

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Tyler Adams Playing Soccer (Source: The Sun)

Tyler has come a long way, and its credit goes to his mother, who raised him as a single mother. She took the challenging work on her shoulders and raised her only child with love and support. 

In this article, we will discuss the details of Tyler Adams, his mother, and his life and career.

First, let us go through a quick dose of general facts.  

Quick Facts

Full Name Tyler Shaan Adams
Date of Birth February 14, 1999
Birth Place Wappinger, New York, United States
Nick Name None
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Unknown
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Age 25 Years Old 
Height 5 ft. 9 in/ 1.75 m/ 175 cm
Weight 158 lbs./ 72 kg
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic
Father’s Name Daryll Sullivan Jr.
Mother’s Name Melissa Russo
Siblings Darryl Sullivan Jr.

Dylan Sullivan

Donovan Sullivan

Education Unknown
Marital Status Unmarried
Sarah Schmidt
Kids None
Profession Soccer player
Position Midfielder
Affiliations New York Red Bulls
RP Leipzig
Leeds United
Active Years 2010- Present
Net Worth Around $4 million 
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Merch  Trading Card, USA Men’s National Team Jersey 
Last Update April 2024

Tyler Adams | Body Measurements

Tyler is a guy with a firm body structure and athletically toned muscles. He stands at a decent height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters) while weighing 158 lb (72 kg). 

As for his appearance, Adams has tanned skin with neatly trimmed black hair and bright, black eyes. 


Tyler is conscious of his everyday routine. During his exercises, Adams focuses on his priming muscles with some specific stretches.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, he has intense workouts with lots of drills, gym work, and intense mini-games. 

For Wednesdays, he has a medium-level training routine and his Thursdays and Fridays are filled with pitch jogging and juggling the ball.

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Tyler Adams | Early Life

Tyler Shaan Adams, known as Tyler Adams, was born on February 14, 1999, under the star sign Aquarius in Wappinger, New York, United States. He was born to his mother, Melissa Russo, and has a stepfather, Daryll Sullivan Sr. 

childhood pic
Childhood Picture of Tyler Adams (Source: Instagram)

Likewise, he also has three step-siblings named Darryl Sullivan Jr., Dylan Sullivan, and Donovan Sullivan. The word ‘step’ is not used in the family. 

There is no information on Tyler’s education and background. 

Who Is Tyler Adams’ Mother, Melissa Russo?

Tyler Adams’ mother, Melissa Russo, raised Adams on her own and would often drive him during his journey with the Red Bulls.

As long as Tyler has been playing on the field, his mother has encouraged him and been by his side in the driver’s seat.

His mother’s work ethic has always affected his behavior, turning him into a responsible and independent individual.

Tyler With His Mother and Step-father During His Graduation (Source: Instagram)

When Adams turned into a teenager, his mother married Darryl Sullivan Sr., and Sullivan’s three sons became a part of Tyler and Melissa’s family.

Then, Tyler Adams got siblings and became the oldest of them all. Not to mention, Tyler has become a role model for his brothers. 

“With me being a single parent for a while, Tyler was always very involved in whatever had to be done. Being the role model for his brothers has transitioned.”
– Melissa Russo About Tyler Adams

Tyler Adams | Career

Tyler commenced his soccer journey in 2011 with the Red Bulls Academy. With them, he played for under-13, under-14, and under-16 sides. 

Only after a few years with them did Tyler switch to the professional arena and sign for New York Red Bulls II. Following it, he played for the New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2018. 

First goal
Tyler Celebrating His First Career Goal (Source: Instagram)

He had his debut match in 2015 against Premier League champions Chelsea. During his senior year, Tyler stood as the regular starter. Later in 2019, Tyler Adams joined RB Leipzig and stayed there for two whole seasons. 

Currently, Tyler is signed with Leeds United on a five-year contract and is a part of the starting line-up.

International Career 

Regarding his international career journey, Tyler Adams has represented the United States at under-15, under-17, and under-20 levels in the past. 

Some of his international matches include the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championships, the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, and the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar. 

Over the years, Tyler grew up to become a professional contender as a homegrown player. He had begun his professional journey at the young age of sixteen. 

Tyler Playing For His Nation (Source: Instagram)

Tyler has mostly played as a midfielder in his whole career but also does well as a fullback or as a winger on either side of the defense or midfield.

In November 2022, Tyler was made captain of U.S. national team for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. He is the youngest American captain since 1950 and the youngest captain in the competition. 

The team has been showing an impressive performance under Tyler’s leadership, but the young star has received one yellow card. 


Like many athletes, Tyler’s career path is full of unexpected injuries on the line.

Among many of his injuries, his back injury in September 2018 was the foremost one. Because of it, he was out of the games for 22 days and missed two games in total.

In April 2019, Tyler suffered from an adductor problem and stayed out of the game for 41 days.

But not long after, his same injury re-aggravated, and the same year, he was again out of the games for 911 days. In the first phase, Tyler missed eight games, while later, he missed four games. 

Signing contract
Tyler Signing Contract With Leeds United (Source: Instagram)

2019 was challenging for him as the same injury kept coming after him repeatedly.

Sadly, at the beginning of 2020, Tyler tore his muscle fiber and stayed out 112 days, missing three total games. 

Before the end of 2020, he again struggled with a medial collateral ligament injury which fortunately did not harm him much, and he only missed a single day.

Then, in 2021, Tyler had a rough time during May and September. 

Initially, he had a back problem and left the games for 28 days missing four matches. Shortly after, Tyler faced muscular problems for nearly a week and missed two games. 

His recent injury was in April 2022 with thigh problems. During that time, he was out for a week missing two games. 

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Career Highlights And Awards

  • New York Red Bulls II, USL Cup: 2016
  • New York Red Bulls, MLS Supporters Shield: 2018
  • RB Leipzig, DFB-Pokal: 2021–22
  • United States U20, CONCACAF U-20 Championship: 2017
  • The United States, CONCACAF Nations League: 2019–20

Tyler Adams | Net Worth

According to the sources, Tyler Adams maintains a whopping net worth of around $4 million and a market value of about $13 million.

With his lavish lifestyle and earnings, his primary income source is his paying career, while the secondary source is brand endorsement deals. Among multiple brand deals, he also has one with Nike.

Tyler Adams | Personal Life

Tyler is in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Sarah Schmidt. According to the sources, the duo first made their relationship public in 2019. 


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A post shared by Tyler Adams (@tyler.adams)

Back then, Adams had, in his social media, posted pictures of him with Sarah of their vacation and captioned them, “Great trip to Greece earlier this month with my girl, and some much-needed rest. Back to Germany this week for the start of a new season.”

As far as we know, Sarah is a year older than Tyler and is of German nationality. She came to the U.S. for her studies. Apart from this, we have no details regarding Sarah and her private life. 

If you are interested to know about her, check her out on Instagram.

Social Media

Tyler uses popular social media sites like Instagram and Twitter. He makes posts about his games and major life updates on his social media. 

To stay updated, check out his following social media sites. 

Twitter: 90.4k Followers 

Instagram: 280k Followers 

Tyler Adams | Popularity Graph 

Popularity Graph
Popularity of Tyler Thomas Over The Past 12 Months (Source: Google)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which Jersey Number Does Tyler Adams Wear?

Tyler Adams wear jersey number 12 for Leeds United. 

How Many Caps Does Tyler Adams Have?

Tyler had been capped 32 times before FIFA World Cup 2022. 

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Rajani Gurung
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