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Diego Rubio “fills big shoes” and rises to Sporting KC challenge

When Sporting KC made the shocking trade of striker Dom Dwyer, all eyes focused upon the next guy on coach Peter Vermes multi-tiered depth chart. The spotlight didn’t faze Diego Rubio, though.  He is used to trying to fill the shoes of players who have come before him, beginning with his father, Hugo, who played nearly two decades at the Chile senior level, including nine years on the National Team.

Hugo was a big influence on Diego and his older brothers, Eduardo and Matias, who are also professional soccer players.

For Ilie Sanchez and Sporting KC, La Masia connection pays dividends

Ilie Sanchez Sporting KC

When midfielder Ilie Sanchez signed with Sporting Kansas City, he became the third from Barcelona’s famed La Masia Academy to make the jump.

Oriol Rosell and Jordi Quintilla were previous Sporting products from La Masia. Rosell and Quintilla’s experiences helped convince Sanchez that Sporting KC was the place to be.