Rubin signs four-year contract with FC Utrecht

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By DAN KARELL

FC Utrecht liked what they saw in extended trials for Rubio Rubin, and decided they had seen enough to make a long-term investment in the 18-year-old forward.

The Eredivisie club announced on Wednesday that they have signed Rubin to a four-year contract, officially confirming the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team member as a part of their squad. While Rubin will mostly play with the club’s reserve squad this season, manager Robby Alflen has selected Rubin to take part in first team training a number of times already.

“Rubio is one of the biggest talents from the United States,” head of player management and scouting Edwin de Kruijff said in a statement. “He is enormously talented and we had already seen this during the first training session he completed in (our training complex). During the rest of his stay, he confirmed that positive image and created a connection between the club and himself. We see in him a great promise for the future and it is also why we have signed him for four years.”

Rubio, a native of Beaverton, Ore., reportedly has been sidelined due to a concussion and broken nose suffered in a preseason friendly match against Dundee United. However, prior to that, Rubio represented the U.S. U-20s at the Dallas Cup last May and the U.S. U-18s at the Lisbon International Tournament last June.

“FC Utrecht is a great club,” Rubin said in a press release. “The people and ambitions of FC Utrecht appeal to me. There was interest from numerous clubs from Europe, but my choice for FC Utrecht is a very deliberate. I hope as soon as possible to be in the Galgenwaard Stadium in front of the fanatical crowds, playing in the Eredivisie.”

Rubin, a graduate of the U.S. Soccer residency program, had been without a club for the past year as he underwent trials with Utrecht and contemplated his professional future.

Utrecht’s reserves, also known as Jong Utrecht, open their season on Aug. 12 against Jong Fortuna Sittard. The first team begins their 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign on Aug. 8 at PEC Zwolle.

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What do you think of this news? Glad to see Rubin at an Eredivisie club? Do you expect him to play in the first team at some point this season?

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12 Responses to Rubin signs four-year contract with FC Utrecht

  1. NASL TO EL PASO TX says:

    He has a great future, since Hollands league is a big stepping stone to the big leagues in Europe. Just make goals. And don’t get injured. Strong mentality equals strong body

  2. Vic says:

    Don’t foreign players in the Dutch league make over 500k per year? Is Rubin making that much?

  3. Mike R says:

    Nice to see an American land somewhere where they know how to properly train players

  4. Jon says:

    Is he a central forward? Or a winger?

    • TomG says:

      He can play all over the offensive side of the pitch. Not a true heels on the chalk type of wing, but can play tucked in.

      • Raymon says:

        Go to the USSoccer Web site for some highlights of recent U20 games. He is dynamic at the top. Creates and finishes chances. If you are asking if he is a “pure number 9″, I dont know.

    • Louis Z says:

      I’m hoping they make him a false “9″/ACM

  5. TomG says:

    Great move. Seems like a perfect fit. Great place for him to develop.

  6. bryan says:

    i’m pretty sure he will get first team minutes. he played in the first team during preseason until he got banged up and had surgery on his nose. i think he’ll get a number of opportunities off the bench.