Diego Rubio Strengthens Austin FC's Attack

Austin FC surprised everyone by announcing the signing of Chilean striker Diego Rubio as a free agent for the 2024 season. At 30 years old, the player arrives with the responsibility of boosting the team's offensive sector and contributing significantly to the club's ambitions in the pursuit of success in the American league
Colorado Rapids v Sporting Kansas City
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Diego Rubio, known for his skill with the ball at his feet and a sharp goal-scoring instinct, has signed a contract that will keep him tied to Austin FC until the end of the 2024 season, with an option to extend the contract until 2025. The news was announced by the club this Monday, causing excitement among fans who are now eagerly awaiting to see the new reinforcement in action.

Rodolfo Borrell, sporting director of Austin FC, spared no praise for the Chilean striker, highlighting his experience in MLS and his proven ability to find the back of the net. "Diego is a proven goal-scorer in MLS, and we believe his skills align well with the club's playing style," Borrell stated in an official release. This confidence from the sporting director reflects the strategic importance Rubio will have in the team.

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Rubio joined MLS in 2016 and amassed an impressive statistic of 53 goals and 34 assists in 165 matches, previously representing Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids. In addition to his contribution in the North American scene, the striker has international experience, having worn the Chilean national team jersey on nine occasions. His baggage and versatility will undoubtedly be valuable assets for Austin FC.

Diego Rubio, Remi Walter
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Before joining MLS, Diego Rubio embarked on an international journey, playing for clubs like Colo-Colo in Chile, Sporting CP in Portugal, and Valladolid in Spain. This diversity in his career demonstrates the richness of his football experience and makes him a player with a global perspective, capable of adapting to different playing styles and environments.

The Chilean striker shared his excitement about the move to Austin and expressed his enthusiasm for playing in front of the vibrant Austin FC fans at Q2 Stadium. In his words, "It's one of the best atmospheres in the league, and I can't wait to play there for the first time as a home team member." This enthusiasm and appreciation for fan support indicate a player committed and motivated to make history with his new team.

The signing of Diego Rubio comes at a crucial moment for Austin FC, which missed the MLS playoffs in 2023. The new season is about to begin, and expectations are high that the Chilean striker will be the key to propelling the team back into the competitive scene. Austin FC's first challenge in the 2024 season is scheduled for February 24, against Minnesota United FC at 8:30 PM (Eastern Time) at Q2 Stadium.