- Position: Defender/Midfielder
- Date of Birth: 07-06-2000
- Pro Team: NYCFC
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 170
- Caps: 7
James Sands quickly emerged as an option for the USMNT in 2021 in part due to his ability to play as a defender or in midfield. Giving a coach a tactical option helped Sands emerge from the NYCFC academy as a first team player in 2017. By 2019, he was a regular with NYCFC building up a reputation as either a defensive midfielder or a defender. That versatility worked at USMNT level as well, with Sands part of the 2021 Gold Cup winning squad.
2021: After making 42 appearances with the USMNT U-17s, Sands was called into the 2021 Gold Cup squad. He won his first senior cap
2021: An MLS All-Star.
2020: Played in 16 games for NYCFC.
2019-20: Emerged as a regular for NYCFC making 19 MLS appearances.
2018-19: Played in three games for NYCFC and three more on loan to Louisville City.
2017: Joined NYCFC as a homegrown player, getting one game late in the season.
Youth and College: Part of the NYCFC academy system.
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