A trio of Colorado Rapids players were called up to the U.S. men’s team for camp in December on Monday. Cole Bassett and Sam Vines from Colorado, as well as Kellyn Acosta, will head to Florida to prepare for a friendly against El Salvador on December 9.
Bassett gets his first call-up to the senior team. The 19-year-old from Littleton had a breakout season, scoring five goals and getting five assists. Bassett previously scored four goals in four appearances in 2020 while playing for the US U-20s.
Vines, 21, made his debut for the national team earlier this season, getting 77 minutes of playing time in the Americans’ 1-0 win over Costa Rica. Playing every minute of Colorado’s regular season, Vines became a more adept forward, scoring a goal and helping out on three.
Acosta appeared 23 times in red, white and blue and scored twice. Acosta had a steady third season in Colorado, matching the Rapids’ playoff-decisive goal and making 15 starts.
The international schedule will be loaded with the Nations League, the Gold Cup and the World Cup qualifiers in 2021. The US U-23s also hope to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, which have been rescheduled from 2020. The traffic jam should provide opportunities for the three burgundy boys.