Colorado Rapids sign left back Sam Vines to Homegrown contract

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The Colorado Rapids have inked their latest Homegrown signing, announcing on Friday the addition of left back Sam Vines on a three-year contract.

Vines, 18, joins after coming through the ranks of the Rapids academy. Joining the program in 2013 as a 13-year-old, Vines has been a regular call-up to the US national team youth squads, and last year he was named to the National Development Academy Best XI for his play with the Rapids academy.

“This is a special signing for us,” said Rapids executive vice president & general manager Pádraig Smith in a team statement. “Not only is Sam a very talented young player with a bright future, but having come up through our academy system we know firsthand how much effort both he and his family have put in to getting to this point. We look forward to helping him reach his potential.”

Vines is the sixth player to come through the Rapids academy to earn a contract with the first team. The Rapids play the second leg of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 series against Toronto FC on Tuesday (8 pm ET, univisiondeportes.com).

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