COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Wednesday, October 23, 2013) –Colorado Rapids Academy defender Sam Vines of Colorado Springs has been selected to the United States Under-15 Boys’ National Team for a training camp in Carson, Calif. from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3. Vines, 14, is one of 30 players picked by head coach Hugo Perez for the camp, which will feature four matches against Development Academy teams.
Vines, a left back, is the youngest player currently on the roster for the Rapids Under-16 Team, which has started the new Development Academy with an undefeated 3-0-3 record, with nine goals for and just one against. He is also eligible to play matches for the Rapids Under-14 Team and was also previously called in to the U.S. U-14 camp in August.
Twenty-four of the players invited to the U-15 BNT training camp currently play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams, eleven of whom represent six different MLS club academies, including the Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union. The roster also includes two players from Liga MX side Club Tijuana’s youth ranks.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Abonce (FC Dallas; The Colony, Texas), Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Alvarado (New York Red Bulls; Queens Village, N.Y.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Philadelphia Union; Saddle River, N.J.), Almir Kurtanovic (Jacksonville FC; Jacksonville, Fla.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Mark Salas (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Cody Sundquist (Placer United; Lincoln, Calif.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Raul Aguilera Jr. (OCYS; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Alfaro (Chicago Magic PSG; West Chicago, Ill.), Leonel Alvarenga (Real So Cal; Canoga Park, Calif.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Luis Carrillo (Dallas Texans; Tyler, Texas), 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 (9): Luis Arreola (FC Athletico; Wheeling, Ill.), 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.), Wilfred Inalien (Boca United Academy FC; Tammarac, Fla.), Edwin Lara (Unattached; San Leandro, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Jesus Nunez (LA Galaxy; Anaheim, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.)
The Rapids have one match remaining in the 2013 regular season, visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, October 27 at 6 p.m. MT with the live broadcast on Altitude 2. Colorado will enter the MLS Cup Playoffs the following week (barring a loss in Vancouver and a 13 goal performance by San Jose at FC Dallas), with dates and locations of postseason matchups still to be determined. For more information on the team, or to pre-order tickets for potential playoff games, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-825-GOAL.