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Who is Rubio Rubin and what does he offer the USMNT?

Friday night marked 18-year-old Rubio Rubin’s full USMNT debut and the young striker didn’t look out of place against the No. 3 ranked side in the world.

Playing against World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia at Craven Cottage, Rubin more than held his own against a strong Colombian defence.

At 5ft 9in he isn’t the biggest of strikers, yet he has a great deal of core strength and an ability to draw fouls that got the USA out of trouble on a few occasions.

He ran the channels very well and was a constant nuisance for the Colombians alongside Jozy Altidore.

Rubin is a product of the IMG Academy – the academy that has produced international stars such as Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley to name a few. So he certainly has lots of potential.

Having graduated from the IMG Academy, he then joined the Portland Timbers academy to further his development. However, he signed a four-year deal with Dutch club FC Utrecht on his eighteenth birthday in March.

So far this season he has started eight times for Utrecht and supplied four assists. Unfortunately he has yet to open his goal account.

The future looks bright for Rubin and he has a lot to offer the current USMNT squad as well as future ones.

It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klinsmann manages his current crop of strikers, with Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Aron Johansson, Bobby Wood and Terrence Boyd all pushing hard for starting berths.

One thing is for sure, this USA side will only improve, and Rubio Rubin will hope to be a part of that bright future.

How good can Rubio Rubin become?

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)
MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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