Each year, Major League Soccer puts together their list of the 22 best players under the age of 22. This season, the judging panel took notice of two Colorado Rapids players: midfielder Cole Bassett and defender Sam Vines.
There’s been a lot of buzz about Bassett lately, and for good reason—he’s scored three goals and had two assists in the club’s last four games. And with European clubs taking an interest in the Rapids homegrown player, it’s surely only a matter of time before his dream of playing abroad (maybe even for the English Premier League) comes true.
Coming in at #13 on the list, left back Sam Vines is another Rapids Development Academy product that is getting noticed by MLS and the U.S. Men’s National Team. Vines earned his first cap and start in a friendly against Costa Rica on February 1, 2020, becoming the first Rapids homegrown to start for the senior national team. The 21-year-old has played every minute of every game this season and scored his first career goal in Colorado’s 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake to win the Rocky Mountain Cup in September.