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.
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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.
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FIFA have told The United States Soccer Federation to prepare to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Through fresh corruption allegations surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to host the event, FIFA are seriously considering reselection, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter describing the allocation a ‘mistake’.
Should the event be hosted by Qatar in 2022, it brings about other issues such as the climate, and it has also been suggested the event could be moved to the winter.
Should the USA host the World Cup it would only improve the quality of soccer in America, as well as improving popularity of Major League Soccer across the globe.
Previously hosting the tournament in 1994, America has all the resources to host the games, including some of the best stadiums in the world.
Although there are several soccer specific stadiums now in use in the USA, a World Cup would see American football stadiums used by NFL teams due to the need for high capacity.
With the growth of MLS, and with David Beckham’s Miami franchise set to be up and running by the time the 2022 World Cup come round, this World Cup could be the boost MLS needs.
We expect soccer to take off in America and the USMNT will naturally become stronger because of this.
There is even the possibility of the USA winning the World Cup soon, and where better to do it than on home soil?