Colorado Rapids and USA international Sam Vines has become the latest American to cross the Atlantic to prove himself in European soccer, joining Belgium’s oldest team, Royal Antwerp.  

The 22-year-old Colorado native signed a three-year deal, with an option for a fourth, for the Great Old and will look to break into the first team after four seasons with his MLS team.  

Vines, who just helped the USA win the Gold Cup, becomes the fourth American to ply his trade in Belgium along with Chris Durkin at Sint-Truiden, Joe Efford at Waasland-Beveren at Waasland-Beveren, and Brendan Hines-Ike at Kortrijk (currently on loan at DC United).   

The Belgian Pro League season has just completed its third game of the season and Royal Antwerp has not gotten off to the best of starts, collecting just one out of a possible nine points.  

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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