Striker Rubio Rubin has signed a multi-year contract extension with Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake, which will keep him at the club until 2024 with a club option for the 2025 season.
The club rewarded the player after a phenomenal first season and scored four goals and two assists in twelve games.
Rubio started his professional career in 2014 with the Eredivisie team FC Utrecht, where he scored four goals in 43 matches with the senior team. He bounced around Europe and played for Silkeborg IF in Denmark and Stabæk in Norway before returning to North America with the Liga MX side Xolos.
Rubin finally signed with Real Salt Lake in January after his time with United Soccer League Championship side San Diego Loyal. Internationally, Rubio has played seven for the American men’s national team between 2014 and 2018.
“I am grateful to Real Salt Lake for this opportunity. It has been a long time since I can say that a place has been my home and I look forward to continuing to do the things I have done – to score goals for this club and for fans, “Rubin said in Monday’s announcement.
“Ultimately, I want to help the team win and be successful and hopefully win the MLS Cup one day. We have these ambitions as a team and I am happy to have a place where I can work for an increased amount where I can enjoy the process. to get better every day to achieve these goals. ”
RSL’s CEO Elliot Fall and head coach Freddy Juarez are equally happy about the player’s boarding and are planning a long-term change for the club around Rubio.
“I want to be able to lift a trophy with this club.”
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“From the day Rubio first set foot in Salt Lake, he established himself as part of this list that we want to build around,” said RSL chief executive Fall.
“We felt from his performance earlier this year and his previous contract situation that it was important to reward his commitment to the team, his commitment to the club and his quality. We are very happy that we were able to agree to keep him in Salt Lake. for a long time. “
Head coach Juarez said: “I’m happy for Rubio. With his game quality, I think it is deserved. He is still at a young age to continue learning and fighting, but he is a good person who is good for the locker room and for the club.
“Not only did we get a good football player locked up for a few years, but we got a good man who can continue to lead the culture in the right direction. I’m glad he will be able to call Salt Lake at home.”