USMNT and Colorado Rapids player Sam Vines joins Royal Antwerp

USMNT and Colorado Rapids player Sam Vines joins Royal Antwerp

Belgian side Royal Antwerp signed Colorado Rapids and USMNT player Sam Vines on a three-year contract with a one-year option.

Vines recently lifted the Nations League and Gold Cup trophy with the U.S. men’s national team after playing an integral part in the team’s summer campaigns. He scored the USMNT’s first goal of the Gold Cup in the 1-0 victory against Haiti. 

The player is expected to depart for Belgium immediately for a reported fee of $2m as Colorado retains a sell-on clause, according to Jeff Rueter of The Athletic

“Sam has proven himself to be one of the top young players in MLS and this is the right moment for both him and the club to take this step,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids executive VP & general manager in a team release.

“His career progression and success at both club and international level is a testament to the investment our club has made in developing young talent and our ‘Drive to Youth’ philosophy. This philosophy is the foundation on which we will continue our march to consistently compete for trophies and we believe Sam’s journey can be a positive example for the next generation of young players in Colorado.”

He first joined the Rapids in 2018, signing a homegrown deal ahead of the season before reaffirming his loyalty to the club with a new deal in March 2021. Vines recorded 53 appearances spanning four years, recording two goals and four assists. 

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Vines in action / John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images

“We are incredibly proud of Sam and the player he has developed into, both with our club and with the U.S. Men’s National Team and wish him all the best in this next chapter of his career. We know he will make himself, his family and Colorado proud.”

The 22-year old left back will get the chance to feature in the Europa League as Royal Antwerp finished second in the Belgian Pro League, qualifying for the larger European tournament.

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