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2019 Rapids Report Card: Sam Vines

ROLE Left Fullback
SQUAD STATUS Starter
KEY 2019 STATS 1.5 tackles/90, 2.8 clearances/90
OVERALL GRADE A-

Season in a Sentence

Vines demonstrated that he could keep All-Star attackers at bay on Colorado’s left side and solidified his status as a top defensive prospect in MLS.

Performance Review

With Edgar Castillo’s departure, someone had to step up for the Colorado Rapids at left back. For a few games, that someone seemed like it would be Dillon Serna. Instead, Vines proved definitively that he was the future at the position for the Rapids. The homegrown and U.S. Youth International delivered consistent performances and proved to be more than capable of making the jump from USL to MLS.

Vines was only dispossessed four times all season and found immediate chemistry with the rest of Colorado’s defense after returning from injury. That said, he wasn’t perfect – the defender’s passing accuracy of 78% ranked the lowest among Colorado’s starting back four. Aside from that, it’s difficult finding much else wrong with his game

Future Expectations

At 20 years, it’s almost certain that Vines’ best years are ahead of him. Like his counterpart on the right side, the homegrown is expected to be a starting fullback for Colorado in 2020. Should he fall to injury, the most immediate available replacement in the side seems to be Deklan Wynne. Alternatively, Keegan Rosenberry could fill-in at the position like he occasionally did in 2019.

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