COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The Colorado Rapids have signed forward Diego Rubio to a two-year contract extension through the 2023 MLS regular season with a club option for an additional year, the club announced today.
“Diego is exactly what you look for in a modern-day attacker,” said Pádraig Smith, Colorado Rapids Executive VP & General Manager. “His tireless work ethic, unselfish play and ability to combine, create and finish make Diego a vital piece of our team. He has been a key factor behind the Rapids turning into the fourth-highest scoring team in the league over the past two seasons, so we’re naturally delighted that he has committed his future to the club.”
Rubio originally joined the Rapids ahead of the 2019 season and has scored 14 goals and added nine assists in 42 regular season appearances with Colorado, including two game-winning goals and two game-winning assists in 2020. The 27-year-old previously spent three seasons with Sporting Kansas City, where he recorded 17 goals and eight assists in 51 games, along with winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with the club in 2017. In five career MLS Cup Playoff games, Rubio has scored twice and added one assist. Rubio started his career in Chile with Colo-Colo before spending five years in Europe with clubs including Real Valladolid CF in Spain and Sporting CP in Portugal.
On the international stage, Rubio has made nine appearances for Chile and was called up for Chile’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches in November last year. A native of Santiago, Chile, Rubio holds a U.S. green card and thus does not occupy an international roster slot.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids sign forward Diego Rubio to a two-year contract extension with a club option for an additional year on March 5, 2021.
Pronunciation: dee-EH-go ROO-bee-oh
Birthdate: May 5, 1995
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Nationality: Chile, Germany