DENVER – The Colorado Rapids announced another homegrown signing Wednesday, unveiling Sebastian Anderson as the team’s newest member.
“We have been very impressed by Seb’s work ethic and willingness to learn,” Rapids executive vice president and general manager Pádraig Smith said in a club statement. “He took full advantage of the opportunity he was given in preseason and showed a lot of people that he’s a smart defender who likes to press up the pitch.”
The 16-year-old is the third homegrown player the Rapids have signed this year, joining Sam Raben and Matt Hundley. The addition also marks the 11th homegrown signing in club history and makes Anderson the youngest professional athlete in the Denver sports market.
As a member of the Rapids Academy, Anderson was called into the U.S. national team’s under-17 camps as a defender. Anderson spent a good portion of his development as a midfielder, but per the Rapids is expected to play as a right back.
Previously committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anderson will forgo collegiate soccer for time spent in the pros.
Anderson was added to the Rapids supplemental roster on a five-year deal with a club option for 2024.