Rapids Academy defender Sam Vines selected for U.S. U-15 squad
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, November 25, 2013) –Colorado Rapids Academy defender Sam Vines of Colorado Springs has been selected to the United States Under-15 Boys’ National Team for three matches at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase from Dec. 11-15 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Vines, 14, is one of 18 players picked by head coach Hugo Perez for the matches, which will be on Dec. 12, 13 and 15 against the U-15/16 teams for New York Red Bulls, De Anza Force and Weston FC.
Vines, a left back, is the youngest player currently on the roster for the Rapids Under-16 Team, which will also be participating at the Winter Showcase, along with the Rapids U-18’s. He is also eligible to play matches for the Rapids Under-14 Team.
Fifteen of the players on the Boys’ National Team roster have ties to the 79 clubs currently playing within U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy, and eight players represent MLS Academy sides, including the Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union.
U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas) DEFENDERS (4): McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Philadelphia Union; Saddle River, N.J.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Alfaro (Chicago Magic PSG; West Chicago, Ill.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Ysidro, Calif.), Roberto Hernandez (Texas Rush; Houston, Texas), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Jesus Nunez (LA Galaxy; Anaheim, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.)