HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on Jan. 23, 2019.
An athletic and steady central defender, Pines can do it all at the back. He’s capable enough with possession and he plays up to his 6-foot-5 frame. One college coach compared him to Ike Opara at the start of the season.
COLLEGE: Pines played three seasons for the Maryland Terrapins, scoring three goals and recording three assists in 56 appearances (39 starts). In 39 starts, Pines recorded 21 clean sheets and averaged 0.77 goals per game. His junior season in 2018 was his most fruitful as a goalscorer, scoring two goals in 22 appearances. He was nominated to the 2018 CollegeCup All-tournament team on the way to leading Maryland to an NCAA Championship; the fourth College Cup in the program’s history. The team recorded five clean sheets in the final five games including the NCAA Championship match against the University of Akron. Pines played in 17 games alongside current Black-and-Red defender Chris Odoi-Atsem as both players were teammates on the 2016 Maryland Soccer team.