Rubin headed to Tijuana, Palmer-Brown off on loan to Belgium

Rubio Rubin, the only free agent on the U.S. national team that tied Bosnia & Herzegovina, 0-0, on Sunday, has joined Mexico's Tijuana, bypassing MLS after leaving Europe following three-plus seasons in the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

Rubin played three seasons for FC Utrecht in the Netherlands, scoring three goals in his first season. His strong start earned him his first cap for the USA at the age of 18 in 2014. But he never recovered from an ankle injury that sidelined him for six months and never started for Silkeborg in Denmark and Stabaek in Norway after leaving Utrecht in 2017.

Rubin was born to Mexican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Portland. Many Americans have gone through Tijuana, though Alejandro Guido and Michael Orozco are the only ones currently playing on the first team.

Like at many Mexican teams, Tijuana's lineup is dominated by South Americans. Rubio won't qualify as a Mexican for the purposes of Liga MX's 10/8 rule -- at least eight players on the game-day roster must be Mexicans -- since they are limited to players who were registered in Liga MX before their 19th birthday.

Eric Palmer-Brown, Rubin's former teammate on the 2015 U.S. U-20 World Cup team, was loaned out by Manchester City to Kortrijk, ninth in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.

Palmer-Brown, who captained the 2017 U.S. U-20 World Cup team, joined Manchester City as a free agent after playing out his contract with Sporting Kansas City. He had previously spent a year in Europe, on loan to Porto B in Portugal.

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