Rubio Rubin #14 of Real Salt Lake passes the ball against Minnesota United in the first half of the game at Allianz Field on April 24, 2021 in St Paul, Minnesota. Real Salt Lake defeated Minnesota 2-1. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
SANDY, Utah – RSL took a 2-1 lead over Sporting Kansas City in their home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium following a goal by Rubio Rubin.
It’s the first career MLS goal for Rubio Rubin and it gave RSL the lead in the second half over their rival. He had two assists in the season opening win over Minnesota United FC last week.
In the 52nd minute, Damir Kreilach was at the top of the box when he went to Rubin in the box and he finished with a blast of his right foot that found the back of the net.
Rubin signed with RSL on January 7, 2021 after spending the 2020 season with the San Diego Loyal of the United Soccer League. He started his professional career in 2014 in the Netherlands with FC Utrecht. Then he went to Norway to play for Stabaek in 2017. Rubin then went to Mexico to play for Tijuana in 2018 and Dorados in 2019.
Rubin also has international experience playing for the United States U-17s from 2011-13 and was in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the U.S.
10,000 fans are allowed to attend the home opener at Rio Tinto Stadium, while following health and safety protocols. The Claret and Cobalt is starting a three-match homestand. They will face San Jose on Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. MDT on the KSL TV app and KSLSports.com.