Player Details


Sam Raben


6' 0"


165 lbs

Date of Birth

5.11.1997 (26)


Birmingham, Alabama USA



Player Category


Player Status

Loaned Out
Career Summary

Hometown: Greenwood Village, Colorado
College: Wake Forest
Citizenship: USA
Birth date: May 11, 1997
Acquired: Signed to a one-year Homegrown contract on January 15, 2019.


  • Became the tenth Development Academy player to sign a first-team contract with the Rapids.



  • Played in every minute (8187) of every game (91) during his four years at Wake Forest.
  • He ranks tied for third in program history with 91 starts, and tied for seventh with 91 career games played. 
  • Senior class won 73 games in four years, the most of any Division I program during his time.
  • Top Drawer Soccer named Raben to the NCAA Men’s Team of the Week for 10/31.


  • Served as the anchor of the defense helping Wake Forest post 14 shutouts, as well as a top-five goals-against average in the nation in 2017.
  • The Deacs recorded six straight shutouts for a shutout streak of more than 600 minutes, second-longest in program history.


  • Provided three assists on the season, giving the primary assist on Ema Twumasi's game-winning bicycle kick against Cal Poly (8/28) that made SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day at No. 5.
  • Raben was a mainstay in the team that played Stanford for the National Championship.
  • Wake Forest ranked in the top 10 nationally in goals-against-average.
  • Wake Forest recorded a program record seven-straight shutouts in 2016.


  • Named ACC Defensive Player of the Week on 10/20 after helping Wake Forest shut out North Carolina, ending its 16-game unbeaten streak.
  • Helped Wake Forest record 12 shutouts on the season and a stellar 0.58 goals against average on the season.
  • Also assisted with Wake Forest's five-game shutout streak that tied the program record for most consecutive shutouts.
  • Finished the season on Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Freshmen in the Nation list at No. 13 after checking in at No. 13 in the midseason release.
  • Wake Forest ranked in the top 10 nationally in goals-against-average.


  • Played with Rapids U-23s of the PDL in 2017 and 2018.
  • Played for the Colorado Rapids Academy's U-18/19 team.
  • Was part of the 2017 US Maccabi Games team in Israel.
  • Region IV Semi-Finalist in 2012.
  • Named second team All-State and All-Conference in 2012.
  • Starting varsity centerback in 2012 and named captain in 2013 at Cherry Creek High School.
  • Became a State Cup Champion (2011-12) with Cherry Creek High School.
  • 2010 US Soccer National Cup Champion for the U-13 Boys Premier Group (Colorado Storm).