COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (February 23, 2018) – The Colorado Rapids have made their first signing of a teenager in years. The club announced today the signing of Homegrown Sam Vines from the Rapids Academy.
Colorado Rapids Sign Fullback Homegrown Sam Vines for 2018 Season
Vines joins current Rapids players Dillon Serna, Kortne Ford, and Ricardo Perez as Rapids development academy products to join the first team. The 18-year-old joined the organization at the age of 13-years-old in 2013.
“This is a special signing for us. Not only is Sam a very talented young player with a bright future, but having come up through our academy system we know firsthand how much effort both he and his family have put in to getting to this point. We look forward to helping him reach his potential,” said Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager, Pádraig Smith.
An excellent passer, Vines is a left-footed winger and fullback. The Colorado Springs, CO native has represented the United States Men’s National Team at the Under-20 level. Last year he was named to the National Development Academy Best XI.
The youngster is a possible candidate to fit in at wingback in Head Coach Anthony Hudson’s 5-3-2 this season. He could spend some time with the Charlotte Independence in the USL as well depending on what the club feels is best for him this season. He has spent time with the first team in training at times in the past, which is quit impressive.
Vines will occupy a supplemental roster spot in 2018. MLS requires the 29th and 30th roster spot to be taken up by Homegrown players.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids – February 23, 2018 – Rapids sign defender Sam Vines to a three year contract. Vines will be added to the Rapids supplemental roster as a Home Grown player.
Full Name: Sam Vines
Birth Date: May 31, 1999