As they say in soccer, a club’s success can often be tied to the center of their attack, midfield, and defense. Kyle Adams will look to solidify the Toros’ central defense in 2018. He will play in Rio Grande Valley after spending the last three seasons at San Diego State. Describing the transition, he says, “Pretty easy. Everybody down here has been very helpful and the staff will do anything they can to help my wife and I adjust to life in South Texas.”
He adds, “I really like Gerson (Echeverry). The whole staff has been great, but Gerson in particular has a lot of knowledge from being a pro and coaching at the high level I think I can learn a lot from him here and then hopefully push up into the 1st team.”
Before his college career, Adams lived in his native New Zealand. He’s featured for the U-17 and U-20 sides for his country. “There are five times as many sheep as people in New Zealand. Also, New Zealanders nickname is Kiwis, after the native bird, not the fruit,” Adams explains about the island country. He also added that his nickname in college was Kiwi.
On the pitch in college, he showcased a great soccer IQ and physical gifts. “I’m a technical left sided center back who loves playing out from the back. I read the game really well and I’m good in the air,” Adams says.
Outside of his skill, you will notice him due to his hair. With Eric Bird leaving RGVFC for a first team contract with the Houston Dynamo, I’d give Adams an early edge for best head of hair on the 2018 roster so far. He’s been growing it since he was 15 years old and gets it tightened up three to four times a year. If you’re looking to grow your hair out and look as good as Kyle, he said Alba Botanica is what is currently in the shower, courtesy of his lovely wife, Lydia.
Adams and the rest of the Toros will get their USL season underway in a little over a month. They host Saint Louis FC at H-E-B Park on March 16th.