by Andrew Doulton - 22nd February
The final player to make up my team of the future stars of North American football is the USA’s Rubio Rubin. Rubin was born in Beaverton, Oregon on March the 1st 1996 to a Mexican farther and Guatemalan Mother.
Although he had opportunities to represent the nations of his parents he opted to play for the nation of his birth. Rubin has been a mainstay through the various levels of international football with 14 goals in 37 games for the U17s, 5 in 11 for the U20s, 1 appearance for the U23s and during 2014 he made his full international against Colombia.
At the age of 18 Rubin signed for Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht. In his first season in Holland he became a regular first team player for FC Utrecht playing an impressive 30 games, scoring 3 and assisting with 6, at just 18 years old. He started the 2015/2016 season well, but unfortunately his season and development has been impacted by a long term foot injury.
Rubin has played in a few different positions for FC Utrecht, but his best position is as a centre forward. He is a tricky customer who is not afraid to turn a player and take him on. Another fine quality Rubin possesses is that he very good at looking for a pass from the midfield, often making himself available for neat one-two’s. Perhaps the most important aspects of Rubins game as a centre forward is the pace and the quality calm finishing that he possesses.
In summary the future could be very bright for Rubio Rubins at both club and international level. The USA are crying out for a quality centre forward following the rather disappointing progression of the likes of Jozy Altidore, who never seemed to find his feet in Europe. The most important chapter in the career of Rubin is approaching, where he will need to get himself fit again following his lengthily foot injury and keep himself developing to become a truly top class striker. At FanFormation we believe he could go on to be a top striker, who will play a staring role for the USA and make a name for himself in the Eredivisie.