Player Details


Sam Vines


5' 10"


150 lbs

Date of Birth

5.31.1999 (24)


Colorado Springs, CO USA



Position Detail

Full Back

Preferred Side




Roster Category

Supplemental Slots 21-24

Player Category

Homegrown, U22 Initiative
Career Summary

Acquired: Rapids signed Sam Vines to a three-year homegrown contract on February 23, 2018.



  • Signed four-year contract on 3/5


  • Only player on squad to play all 1,620 minutes during 18-game regular season  
  • Earned first career MLS assist on Lalas Abubakar’s stoppage-time equalizer in 1-1 draw at Houston Dynamo on 9/9  
  • Scored first career MLS goal in 5-0 win at Real Salt Lake on 9/12  
  • Assisted on Cole Bassett’s game-winning in 2-0 win over LA Galaxy on 9/19  
  • Assisted on Andre Shinyashiki’s goal in 3-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC on 11/1  
  • Played 18 minutes as substitute in first-round playoff loss at Minnesota United FC  
  • Named to MLS Team of the Week in Weeks 22 and 23  
  • Ranked No. 13 on MLS 22 Under 22  


  • Earned Man of the Match honors after making his first-ever MLS start on 4/13 against D.C. United at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park. 
  • Landed a spot on Major League Soccer's Team of the Week (Week 17) after his performance vs LAFC (6/28). 
  • Made his 15th MLS appearance on 7/27 at Avaya Stadium against the San Jose Earthquakes. 
  • Named to the MLS Homegrown roster that took on Guadalajara’s U-20 team on 7/30. Vines wore the captain’s band for the second half of the match and converted his penalty during the penalty shoot-out. 


  • Became the seventh Development Academy player to sign a first-team contract with the Rapids. 
  • Spent the majority of the 2018 season on loan with the Charlotte Independence of the USL. 
  • Vines appeared in 29 games for the Independence, 25 from the start, logging 2,303 minutes. 
  • Vines made his MLS debut with the Rapids on 10/21 against the San Jose Earthquakes. 
  • Missed the final game of the year due to a quad strain (10/28). 



  • Called up to joint USMNT / U-23 MNT January 2021 camp in Bradenton, Fla., on 1/5  
  • Played 64 minutes as a starter and assisted on Jesús Ferreira’s first goal in a 7-0 friendly win over Trinidad & Tobago in Orlando, Fla., on 1/31  
  • Named to U.S. 48-player preliminary roster ahead of 2021 Olympic Qualifying  


  • Made USMNT senior international debut in 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Carson, Calif., on 2/1  
  • Became first Rapids Homegrown and Academy product to start for USMNT  
  • Called up to Gregg Berhalter’s December camp alongside teammates Kellyn Acosta and Cole Bassett  
  • Started and played first half and made key pass on first goal in 6-0 win over El Salvador in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on 12/9  


  • Called up to Jason Kreis' 25-player U.S. U-23 MNT camp in Miami alongside teammate Jonathan Lewis on 10/4  
  • Made U.S. U-23 debut as a substitute against El Salvador in Miami on 10/15  
  • Named to Jason Kreis’ 24-player U.S. U-23 squad for United International Football Festival in the Canary Islands alongside teammate Jonathan Lewis on 10/7  
  • Played 90 minutes for U-23s in 1-0 loss to Brazil in Las Palmas, Spain, on 11/14  


  • Joined the Rapids youth system in 2013 as a 13-year-old, playing on the U-15, U-16, U-18 and U-19 Development Academy teams. 
  • In all, he made 63 appearances for the DA (60 starts), scoring eight goals. 
  • Vines was named to the U-17/18 US Soccer Development Academy Best XI for the Central Conference. 
  • Earned the 2017 Rapids Academy Player of the Year. 
  • Has 23 US Youth National Team call-ups, with the most recent being with the U-20 team, during 2018 Men’s Youth National Team Summit. 
  • Previously played for Pride Soccer Club  *