Sporting KC improved their offensive attack with striker Diego Rubio on loan from Spanish club Real Valladolid, Tuesday.
At 22, Rubio is an impressive young talent. The loan will count towards KC’s allotment of 3 designated players, joining Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
With several games over a short span, Rubio will be expected to quickly integrate himself with Sporting, according to head coach Peter Vermes.
Rubio will backup Dom Dwyer and serve as the replacement for Krisztian Nemeth, who left for Qatar during the offseason.
Headed in the other direction is Sporting KC defender Erik Palmer-Brown, who joins powerhouse Portuguese club Porto for the rest of 2016. In 2014, Palmer-Brown become the youngest defender to ever start a game in the MLS.
Unfortunately in MLS, particularly when you are good, players tend to come and go as they opt to play overseas at a higher level, as Palmer-Brown is.
Vermes has faced this dilemma several times, as well as having to replace the likes of Graham Zusi and Matt Besler for long periods of time when they are with Team USA.
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