Various outlets are reporting that U.S. U17 Men’s National Team winger Rubio Rubin will sign a contract with Netherlands club FC Utrecht next spring when he turns 18-years-old. MLSsoccer.com’s Greg Seltzer confirmed the report on Monday.
Rubin signed a pre-contract with the club following an extended trial there where he impressed the coaching staff. The attacker from Portland has quickly seen his stock raise both inside and outside the youth national team over the course of the past year.
The 17-year-old was named the best player at the Lisbon International Tournament in May when he played with the U.S. U18 MNT. The U.S. finished second at the event following a 2-1 loss to Hungary in the final. Rubin scored one goal in the three games, which came in a 3-0 win over Czech Republic in the opener for the U.S.
With sizeable offer on the table from the club that finished fifth in the Eredivisie last season, Portland Timbers never had a realistic shot at landing the local product to a Homegrown contract. Rubin played his club ball for Timbers affiliate Westside FC before joining the USSF Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida in 2011.
After four semesters there, Rubin returned to Westside FC recently to take part in the Region IV Championships in Hawaii last month. Rubin is also rumored to be a part of the U.S. U17 MNT roster that will be training at the StubHub Center on Friday and leaving for Japan next Wednesday for the Niigata Tournament.
Julian Green scoring machine
U.S. U18 MNT forward Julian Green has been on a goal-scoring tear with Bayern Munich during the club’s preseason exhibitions. Green had a hat trick against Fanclub Wildnau last week in a 15-1 laugher. He followed that up with another hat trick against TSV Regen, which ended 9-1.
The two lopsided wins were the first two fixtures with former FC Barcelona great Pep Guardiola in charge at the club. Coincidentally, Green’s goal-scoring abilities have caught the attention of some eyes and the teenager has been promoted to the Bayern Munich reserve team (Bayern Munich II) for the upcoming season.
The German-American has featured with the U.S. U18 MNT on a number of occasions and was included on the U20 World Cup preliminary roster of 35 players.
Green talked to TopDrawerSoccer.com last year about his status at the club and opportunities to play for either Germany or the U.S.
Badr Seyam trains with Real Madrid
Add Real Madrid to the ever-growing list of clubs that Badr Seyam has trained at during his European adventures. The teenager from Kansas arrived at the club this week for an opportunity to showcase his talent at Los Merengues Academy.
Seyam has previously trained at Arsenal, Hamburg, and Basel to name a few. The youngster chatted with TopDrawerSoccer.com in Decemever about his experience in Europe and a potential call up to the youth national team.