Ruben Bover

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Ruben Bover
Ruben Bover Izquierdo.jpg
Bover (left) playing for Halesowen Town in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ruben Bover Izquierdo
Date of birth (1992-06-24) 24 June 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Mallorca, Spain
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Winger, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Barnet
Number 15
Youth career
2006–2009 Mallorca
2009–2010 Kidderminster Harriers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Halesowen Town 18 (2)
2011–2013 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2012 San Roque de Lepe (loan) 10 (1)
2013–2015 New York Red Bulls 22 (1)
2015 New York Cosmos B 8 (5)
2015–2016 New York Cosmos 38 (5)
2017– Barnet 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:27, 1 May 2017 (UTC).

Ruben Bover Izquierdo (born 24 June 1992) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Barnet. He plays primarily as a winger, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or a striker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Majorca, Bover began his career at the academy of Mallorca. When he was 17, he moved to England and signed for Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers.[1]

Halesowen Town[edit]

Following his release by cash strapped Kidderminster, he joined Halesowen Town during the summer of 2010. He impressed during pre-season friendlies often playing back up to winger Daryl Taylor. Following Taylor's departure, however, Bover became first choice winger. He scored 2 goals in 20 appearances for the side,[2] before being offered a trial at then manager, Tony Thorpe's former club Queens Park Rangers. However, the trial was unsuccessful but Bover opted to look for a Football League club opposed to returning to Halesowen Town.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

In July 2011, League One club Charlton Athletic signed Bover after impressing during trials and friendlies played towards the end of the 2010–11 season.[1] Bover made his first competitive start for the club in a 2–1 win over Reading in the League Cup where he hit the post in the last few minutes of the game.[1]

He joined Spanish side CD San Roque de Lepe for the remainder of the 2011–12 season, where he scored 1 goal in 10 Segunda División B appearances.[3][4] Bover scored for San Roque de Lepe on 13 May 2012 in a 3–2 victory over Lorca Atlético. On 3 July 2012, Bover signed a one-year contract extension with Charlton.[5]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

In January 2013, Bover began a trial with Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls and eventually signed for the club on 8 February 2013.[6][7] On 3 March 2013 Bover made his official debut for New York starting for his new club in a 3–3 draw at Portland Timbers.[8] On 11 October 2014 Bover scored his first MLS goal in a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC.[9] The New York Red Bulls waived Ruben Bover on March 12, 2015 after 22 appearances for the club.

New York Cosmos[edit]

On April 15, 2015, Bover signed for New York Cosmos B.[10] Bover was named NPSL MVP and captured the National Premier Soccer League NPSL regular season title with Cosmos B.

The Spaniard made his first appearance for the Cosmos' first team on June 13, 2015 in a 3-3 draw vs. Jacksonville Armada FC. On Aug. 4, 2015 the club announced he had joined the first team permanently.

Bover made 12 appearances and five starts, registering 544 minutes on the field during the 2015 NASL season. He scored his first goal with the top squad on Oct. 11, 2015 against FC Edmonton in a 3-0 New York win at Shuart Stadium. He helped the New York Cosmos win the NASL Championship in 2015.

Barnet F.C.[edit]

On January 27, 2017, Bover joined League Two club Barnet. He made his English Football League debut against Mansfield Town on 4 February 2017.[11] He scored his first goal for Barnet in an EFL Trophy tie against AFC Wimbledon on 29 August 2017.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://www.cafc.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10267~55994,00.html Charlton Athletic F.C. Accessed 30 August 2011.
  2. ^ Ruben Izquierdo Player Profile – Halesowen Town Football Club. Halesowen Town F.C.
  3. ^ Bover jugador del Charlton At. llega al CD San Roque (Charlton's player Bover arrives in CD San Roque); lepecantera, 27 January 2012 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Bover: Rubén Bover Izquierdo". BDFutbol. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Duo extend deals until 2013". Charlton Athletic F.C. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Red Bulls sign Ruben Izquierdo". New York Red Bulls. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ruben Bover Izquierdo joins NY Red Bulls". Charlton Athletic F.C. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Portland Timbers 3 New York Red Bulls 3". mlssoccer.com. 3 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Panizo, Franco. "MATCH RECAP: Red Bulls 3, Toronto FC 1". www.newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cosmos B Announce First Players And Opening Game". New York Cosmos. 15 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Barnet vs. Mansfield Town 0–2
  12. ^ "Barnet FC 3-4 AFC Wimbledon - Checkatrade Trophy". barnetfc.com. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 

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