Colorado’s Sam Vines gets shot to cement USA Men’s National Team World Cup roster

The ascent of Sam Vines from Colorado could soon take another major step.

Hailing from Colorado Rapids just four and a half years ago, the Colorado Springs native will have the chance to earn a spot on the USA Men’s National Team World Cup roster with a solid performance Friday in Germany.

The 23-year-old left-back was named the starter ahead of kick-off at 6.25am MDT on ESPN against Japan in Dusseldorf in the penultimate USMNT tune-up ahead of November’s World Cup in Qatar.

If Vines can deliver confident and consistent play at left-back to solidify the substitute position, a seat on the plane to Qatar might just be his. With Antonee Robinson of Fulham, the alleged No. of 26 players.

“For me personally, it’s just to try and play in the games and show what I can do,” Vines told Sirius XM Radio host Jason Davis Thursday. “Yeah, building on the confidence I gained in the season in Antwerp. I think the whole team is excited for these two games and if the results are good we will be happy before the World Cup.

Since his national team debut in 2020, Vines’ stock has grown significantly, but especially so since the start of the European season in late July. He played a key role in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer and made a couple of World Cup qualifying rounds. He had a lull in the November window and had not been recalled to the USMNT until this month.

Vines returned to the radar with a strong start to the club campaign with Royal Antwerp in Belgium, where he didn’t miss a minute of league action, completed 85 per cent of his passes and had solid defensive performances. . It all comes down to a calm and confident player ready to seize his moment. Royal Antwerp lead the league with an unblemished record of 9-0-0.

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter believes he sees a fully rejuvenated Coloradan.

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