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Rubio Rubin will join U-20s for friendly vs. England

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Rubio Rubin will play for the United States U-20s when they take on England on Sunday. Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed that the 19-year-old would join up with the youth team and then return to the senior team camp for their match against Switzerland on Tuesday.

Rubin played 23 minutes off of the bench for the senior team on Wednesday against Denmark. He struggled some and didn't see much of the ball, but the match had already gotten away from the U.S. at that point so it's tough to blame him for that.

Jurgen Klinsmann has put an emphasis on the youth teams and Rubin figures to be a key player for the U.S. at the U-20 World Cup this summer so it's no surprise that he's getting time with them, even if he is also a part of the senior team at this point. It will be interesting to see how much he plays on Sunday, as well as on Tuesday, because he is still a young player in his first professional season.

Rubin has played 18 matches for FC Utrecht this season, showing well and starting most of them, to go along with three international matches and more rigorous training than ever before. With the stretch run of the season still left and the U-20 World Cup on tap at the end of May, a lot if being asked of the 19-year-old right now.

Klinsmann originally said that no senior team players would be sent down to play with the U-23s or U-20s after the Denmark match, but that clearly isn't the case. As is always the case when Klinsmann speaks, take it with a grain of salt.