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Stanford's Vincent added to USA men's national soccer team

 

Stanford senior Brandon Vincent, who helped the Cardinal win its first ever men's soccer title in the fall, was added to the U.S. men's national team roster for its January training camp in Carson by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Friday.

Vincent, a two-time All-American and the 2015 College Cup Defensive Most Outstanding Player, joins fellow Cardinal Jordan Morris, the 2015 College Cup Offensive Most Outstanding Player, at the first USMNT camp of 2016.


Brandon Vincent
The camp, which runs from Jan. 11-Feb. 6 and contains a mix of Senior Team members and a host of players age-eligible for the U-23 MNT, will culminate with friendlies against Iceland on Jan. 31 and Canada on Feb. 5. Both matches will be played at StubHub Center.

"Thank you to U.S. Soccer for this opportunity," Vincent tweeted. "I'm looking forward to earning my stripes for this nation. It is an unbelievable honor."

Vincent, who was in Fort Lauderdale on Friday taking part in the MLS Combine, is projected to be a top pick in next week's MLS SuperDraft.

A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and the 2015 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Vincent anchored Stanford's back line over the past four years, starting in every one of his 80 appearances.

The two-time captain also claimed back-to-back Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors and is the only person to ever win the award, which was instituted last season.

On Dec. 10, Vincent was named a Senior CLASS Second Team All-American and a day later he earned his second consecutive nod as an NSCAA First Team All-American.

Third on the team in goals (6) and fifth in points (14), Vincent's defensive work championed a Stanford unit that finished sixth in the nation in goals against average (0.62).

In August, he was called by U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog for the first College Identification Training Camp. Vincent scored the third goal for the U.S. in its 3-1 win over Club Tijuana's Segunda Premier Team, which wrapped camp on August 7.

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