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Rubin likes FC Utrecht's ambitions
by Paul Kennedy, July 30th, 2014 3:37PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, netherlands, u.s. under-17 men's national team


[AMERICANS ABROAD] Rubio Rubin had to wait until he turned 18 in March to be eligible to sign with FC Utrecht. Then he had to wait until the opening of the summer transfer window on July 1. Now, a mild concussion and broken nose suffered last weekend has set him back, but the young American forward does finally have a contract: a four-year contract with the Dutch Eredivisie club. He is the fifth player from his 2013 U-17 national team class to sign with a foreign club.

"FC Utrecht is a wonderful club," Rubin told the FC Utrecht website. "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 conscious one. I hope as soon as possible to be playing in front of the crazy Galgenwaard crowd in the Eredivisie."

Rubin, who has spent time in preseason with both Utrecht's first team and reserves, was one of the standouts on the 2013 U.S. under-17 national team that was the first in its age group to not qualify for the Under-17 World Cup. He is the seventh player from the group to turn pro and fifth to sign with a foreign club.

2013 U.S. U-17 National Team:
Jeff Caldwell (Virginia)
Evan Louro (Michigan)
Conor Donovan (N.C. State)
*Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)
*Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy)
*Tommy Redding (Orlando City)
John Requejo (Tijuana/MEX)
*Peter Schropp (Omaha FC)
Corey Baird (Stanford)
Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund/GER)
Angel Heredia (De Anza Force)
Christopher Lema (Georgetown)
Elijah Martin (LA Galaxy Academy)
Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors/ARG)
Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal/SPA)
*Sebastian Elney (Boca United)
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED)
Ahinga Selemani (Michigan)
Alan Winn (North Carolina)
*Rising high school seniors.

MEXICO. Juan Pablo Ocegueda debuted for Torneo Ascenso (second division) Alebrijes de Oaxaca in a 2-1 win over Veracruz in Mexico's Copa MX. The former U.S. U-20 is on loan from Tigres. Sonny Guadarrama scored in Atlante's 1-1 tie at UNAM. This is the Texan's second stint at Atlante, one of five clubs at which he has played in Mexico.

Mexico, Copa MX
Sonny Guadarrama
(90 minutes, 1 goal), Atlante, 1-1 at UNAM
Juan Pablo Ocegueda (67 minutes), Alebrijes de Oaxaca, 2-1 vs. Veracruz
Stevie Rodriguez
(90 minutes), Dorados de Sinaloa, 2-4 at Atlas
Paul Arriola
(sub: 20 minutes), Tijuana, 3-1 vs. Zacatecas
Jonathan Bornstein (sub: 45 minutes), Queretaro, 2-3 at Irapuato
Joe Corona (90 minutes, 1 goal), Tijuana, 3-1 vs. Zacatecas
Daniel Cuevas (71 minutes), Lobos BUAP, 4-2 vs. Chiapas
Gabriel Farfan (90 minutes), Chiapas, 2-4 at Lobos BUAP
Herculez Gomez (72 minutes), Tigres, 4-0 vs. Altamira
Austin Guerrero (90 minutes), Altamira, 0-4 at Tigres
Alonso Hernandez (90 minutes), Monterrey, 5-1 at Correcamios UAT

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