PLAYER PROFILE: BRANDON VINCENT
By: PXI STAFF (@ProspectXI)
Primary Role: Left Back
Nationality: United States
Preferred Footed: Left
Club: Chicago Fire (MLS)
Made US senior international debut on February 5, 2016 vs. Canada, coming on as a halftime substitute.
Drafted 4th overall by Chicago Fire in 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
2009-2010: Real So Cal U16 (USSDA) – 30 games, 27 starts, 1 goal, 3 yellows
2010-2011: Real So Cal U18 (USSDA) – 25 games, 25 starts, 2 goals, 6 yellows
2011-2012: Real So Cal U18 (USSDA) – 25 games, 25 starts, 2 goals, 6 yellows
2012: Stanford (NCAA – D1) – 17 games, 17 starts, 3 shots on target, 2 yellows 1 red
2013: Stanford (NCAA – D1) – 21 games, 21 starts, 1 goals, 6 shots on target, 2 yellows
2014: Stanford (NCAA – D1) – 19 games, 19 starts, 6 goals, 1 assists, 11 shots on target, 3 yellows
2015: Stanford (NCAA – D1) – 23 games, 23 starts, 6 goals, 2 assists, 12 shots on target
A natural left back, Brandon’s athletic talent and above average speed makes him an exciting prospect especially playing in a wing-back position. Vincent played USSDA for three seasons with Real So Cal, where he played 30 games, started 27 games and scored one goal with the U-16 and played 50 games, starting all of them and scored four goals with the U-18 side.
He attended Stanford University and became head coach Jeremy Gunn’s first signing for the university. In three years at Stanford, Brandon has played in 57 games as a starter, scored 7 goals, was named to the NSCAA First Team twice and also won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year twice. As team captain, Vincent led the Cardinals to the 2015 National Championship, defeating Clemson 4-0 in the final. Teammate Eric Verso said to PXI about Vincent “He is a fantastic leader as a captain, has an incredible work ethic in taking care of his body and has amazingly never missed a single game or practice in his Stanford career”.
Vincent doesn’t have the eye-popping talent of some past speedy full-backs coming to MLS, but he looks to be a very talented player and if he can translate his college performances to the pro, he looks to be a long term starter in MLS. The fact that he is left footed is a bonus and the offensive ability he has shown can allow him to play also in a midfield role. Defensively he is a smart player who reads most situations right and can play center defense if asked, but is not a defensive presence at that position. He also is a willing tackler, however late challenges and over eagerness can lead to disciplinary issues. Vincent was ultimately drafted 4th overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, looked at as a starting fullback and building block for the future. He also made his international senior debut for US National Team, featuring as a halftime substitute on February 5, 2016 against Canada.
+ Three year experience is USSDA with Real So Cal
+ Four year starter at Stanford University in NCAA Division 1
+ Two-time NSCAA first team player
+ 2015 National Championship with Stanford
+ Drafted 4th overall by Chicago Fire in 2016 MLS SuperDraft
+ Made US senior international debut vs. Canada on February 5, 2016 as halftime substitute