Diego Rubio

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Diego Rubio
Diego Iván Rubio Kostner Jarle Vines.JPG
Personal information
Full name Diego Iván Rubio Köstner
Date of birth (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Colorado Rapids
Number 7
Youth career
2005–2007 Universidad Católica
2007–2010 Colo-Colo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Colo-Colo 8 (3)
2011–2015 Sporting CP 11 (1)
2012–2015 Sporting CP B 52 (22)
2013Pandurii Târgu Jiu (loan) 4 (0)
2014Sandnes Ulf (loan) 26 (8)
2015–2016 Valladolid 13 (0)
2016Sporting Kansas City (loan) 13 (1)
2016Swope Park Rangers (loan) 1 (1)
2016–2018 Sporting Kansas City 38 (14)
2017–2018Swope Park Rangers (loan) 6 (2)
2019– Colorado Rapids 23 (9)
National team
2013 Chile U20 8 (1)
2011– Chile 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019

Diego Iván Rubio Köstner (born 15 May 1993) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a striker for Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rubio began his football career with Universidad Católica. However, when he was 14, he took the decision to move to his favorite team Colo-Colo. After one year in the bench with Colo-Colo, in the next season Diego was consecrated in the youth team. After many seasons in the youth ranks, he was promoted to the first professional team in January 2011.

Colo-Colo[edit]

Rubio made his professional debut for Colo-Colo in a pre-season friendly against Deportes La Serena as a starter. In other pre-season game, Diego scored his first unofficial goals for the club, in a 3–1 won against Unión Española, in where he scored two goals for his team, being named the man of the match.

His Chilean Primera División came on 14 February 2011 against Unión San Felipe, as an 84th-minute substitution in a 2–0 away defeat. In a Copa Libertadores game played against Santos in Brazil, he scored his first professional goal, but the match finished in a 3–2 loss. On 19 April, Rubio scored his first two goals in the Primera División against La Serena, at 30th and 62nd minute, being named the man of match, in a 4–1 home win. He finally was consecrated in the club in an international game for the Libertadores against Táchira, Rubio gave the 2–1 victory to the club, scoring the two goals of Colo-Colo, after an early goal of Edgar Pérez Greco at 4th minute. After his club's performances, was rumored that Udinese are interested in Rubio.

He played his first derby game against his former youth club Universidad Católica, participating in the equalizer goal of Colo-Colo giving an assistance to Ezequiel Miralles at 81st minute, putting the 1–1 draw. The coach Américo Gallego nominated to Rubio for play the major derby of the Chilean football against Universidad de Chile, however, he only playing 30 minutes in a 2–1 loss.

Sporting CP[edit]

On 5 July 2011, Rubio joined Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal for €1.5 million, signing a five-year contract with a €30 million minimum fee release clause.[1]

Loan to Pandurii[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Romanian Liga I club Pandurii Târgu Jiu confirmed Rubio was signed on a loan from Sporting, with an option to buy.[2] He debuted in Liga I in the match against Dinamo Bucharest, won by Pandurii 2–1.

Loan to Sandnes Ulf[edit]

On 3 February 2014, Rubio joined Tippeligaen side Sandnes Ulf on a season-long loan.[3]

Valladolid[edit]

On 31 August 2015, aged 22, signed a four-year contract with Spanish club Real Valladolid.[4]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

On 8 March 2016, Rubio signed a season-long loan with Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City as a Designated Player.[5]

He signed with the club on a permanent deal on 1 September 2016.[6]

Colorado Rapids[edit]

Ahead of the 2019 season, Rubio was traded to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Kelyn Rowe, $200,000 of General Allocation Money and $100,000 of Target Allocation Money.[7]

International career[edit]

On 31 May 2011, Rubio was called up by Chilean national team manager Claudio Borghi to take part in the 28-man pre-list preparatory process for the upcoming 2011 Copa America.[8] He officially debuted with Chile national team on 23 June 2011, in a match against Paraguay, the last match of Chile before the Copa América.

Personal life[edit]

Diego is the son of Hugo Rubio. Currently working at the Passball company as a football agent, Hugo was a successful football player, having spent most of his extensive career in his country with a short spell in European football, specifically in Italy and Switzerland. Hugo also was a member of the Chile squad at the Copa América of 1987 and 1991. Diego has two footballer brothers, Eduardo, and Matías, who plays for Unión La Calera. Diego Rubio is also godchild of the Chilean football legend Iván Zamorano.[9]

On 15 May 2011, was reported that Rubio was on a list of most popular Chilean players on Twitter with 1,247 fans, in the 12th place of 14 players. The list was led by Jorge Valdivia, in the 1st place with more of 50,000 fans.[10]

On 24 May 2013, Diego got married with Rocío Navarro in Seville and on 6 June 2014 his first son Thiago was born.

Rubio earned his U.S. green card in September 2017.[11] This status also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 September 2019[12][13][14][15]
Club Season League Domestic Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colo-Colo 2011 Primera División 7 2 0 0 2[c] 3 1[d] 1 10 6
Sporting CP 2011–12 Primeira Liga 9 1 1 0 1 0 6[e] 0 17 1
2012–13 Primeira Liga 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2013–14 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 11 1 1 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 20 1
Sporting CP B 2012–13 Segunda Liga 26 8 26 8
2014–15 Segunda Liga 21 14 21 14
2015–16 LigaPro 5 0 5 0
Total 52 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 52 22
Pandurii Târgu Jiu (loan) 2013–14 Liga I 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Sandnes Ulf (loan) 2014 Tippeligaen 26 8 1 0 27 8
Valladolid 2015–16 Segunda División 13 0 1 0 14 0
Sporting Kansas City (loan) 2016 MLS 13 1 2 1 2[f] 0 0 0 17 2
Swope Park Rangers (loan) 2016 USL 1 1 0 0 1 1
Sporting Kansas City 2016 MLS 2 0 0 0 1[f] 1 0 0 3 1
2017 16 6 3 1 1[g] 0 20 7
2018 20 8 2 0 3[g] 2 25 10
Total 38 14 5 1 0 0 1 1 4 2 48 18
Swope Park Rangers (loan) 2016 USL 1 0 0 0 1 0
2017 2 1 0 0 2 1
2018 3 1 0 0 3 1
Total 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Colorado Rapids 2019 MLS 23 9 1 1 0 0 24 10
Career total 194 60 12 3 2 0 11 4 5 3 224 70
  1. ^ Includes the Taça de Portugal, Cupa României, Norwegian Football Cup, Copa del Rey, and U.S. Open Cup
  2. ^ All appearances in the Taça da Liga
  3. ^ Appearances in the Copa Libertadores
  4. ^ Appearance in the Apertura play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  6. ^ a b Appearances in the CONCACAF Champions League
  7. ^ a b Appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs

International[edit]

As of 10 September 2019[16]
Chile
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 1 0
2019 3 0
Total 7 0

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Sporting Kansas City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aguiar and Rubio take Sporting spree to ten". UEFA.com. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  2. ^ "TRANSFER / Marin Condescu: "Diego Rubio va fi împrumutat dar avem opţiune de a-l cumpăra!"" (in Romanian). pandurii-tg-jiu.ro. 2 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Diego Rubio leies ut til Sandnes Ulf". www.sandnesulf.no (in Norwegian). Sandnes Ulf. 3 February 2014. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  4. ^ "El Real Valladolid ficha a Diego Rubio" [Real Valladolid signs Diego Rubio] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Sporting KC acquires 22-year-old striker Diego Rubio on loan". Sporting Kansas City.
  6. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/post/2016/09/01/sporting-kc-completes-permanent-transfer-forward-diego-rubio-spanish-side-real
  7. ^ https://www.coloradorapids.com/post/2018/12/18/colorado-rapids-acquire-striker-diego-rubio-sporting-kansas-city
  8. ^ Daniel Beovic. "Diego Rubio fue nominado a la Selección Chilena". redgol.cl.
  9. ^ "Blog del diario As destaca a Diego Rubio: "Puede dar mucho que hablar"". La Tercera.com. La Tercera. 27 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Diego Rubio se une a los futbolistas chilenos con más seguidores en twitter". La Tercera. 15 April 2011.
  11. ^ Sam Kovzan (12 September 2017). "Forward Diego Rubio obtains green card, no longer occupies international spot on Sporting KC roster". SportingKC.com. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  12. ^ Diego Rubio at Soccerway. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ Diego Rubio at BDFutbol
  14. ^ Diego Rubio at Major League Soccer
  15. ^ "Diego Rubio at WorldFootball.net". WorldFootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL Medien GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  16. ^ Diego Rubio at National-Football-Teams.com
  17. ^ Boehm, Charles (20 September 2017). "Sporting KC 2, New York Red Bulls 1 as 2017 US Open Cup Final Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 20 September 2017.

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