Former Three Kings United player, Kyle Adams, who was signed by the Major League Soccer (MLS) club Houston Dynamo in January 2018 to play for their USL (United Soccer League) affiliate team, Rio Grande Valley FC based in McAllen, Texas, has just finished his first professional season.
Kyle played 25 of the team’s 34 matches, mostly as left centre back and occasionally left back, accumulating some 2176 minutes of playing time, the team’s fourth highest. Although the team struggled to score enough goals, they were ranked 31st on goals scored at only one per game, defensively the team had the 13th best record in the league on goals conceded. Kyle was one important player in the team’s defense, whether making clearances, intercepts, winning 1v1 and aerial duels, organizing the defensive line, and in retaining possession with 41 passes per game.
According to the Dynamo Theory’s Carson Merk, “Kyle was one of the unsung heroes for the team, a player who was able to log quality minutes in central defense or left back”. Another team-mate said this about Kyle: “He’s definitely a smart defender. Kyle reads the game well and knows how to position himself accordingly. He also has one of the better touches on the ball and can ping a left-foot diagonal better than anyone.”
When asked about his first professional season, Kyle had this to say: “I really enjoyed my first professional season and the opportunity to play the game I love with RGVFC. Although we weren’t able to qualify for the Western Conference playoffs, which were principally due to not scoring enough goals and having 14 drawn matches, I felt we built a solid foundation for the 2019 season. I felt that my own quality was really good in many games, but I know that self-improvement to keep getting better is important.”
Playing against 16 other teams scattered across the western half of North America from north-west to south, meant lots of air travel and hotel stays every second weekend. Being based in South Texas where the average temperature is 30°+ Celsius and often 40°+ Celsius, meant the team mostly trained in the late afternoon and evening. About these aspects, Kyle said that “Travelling is something I enjoy and this job gives me lots of opportunity to do this, especially here in USA. Being able to cope on the road, play at unique venues on different surfaces and in front of parochial fans, train and perform in difficult and sometimes extreme, climatic conditions is also one of the challenges. You either embrace these or find another career.”
Kyle is now enjoying an off-season break and will commence pre-season back in Texas in late-January 2019; we look forward to following Kyle’s second professional season throughout 2019.
Kyle is an example of a homegrown Three Kings United player who developed through its Player Development Pathway, having progressed from the youngest Junior grade level through to the club’s highest Men’s team, before moving onto play collegiate at San Diego State University, and now having completed his first professional football season at the age of 21.