Austin FC sporting director Sean Rubio out to shed his interim status

Austin FC fans slap Real Salt Lake players during their October playoff game at Q2 Stadium which Austin won.  El Tree will open its third season on Saturday night with some key new faces on the field and a big new one at the helm: sporting director Claudio Reyna has taken on a different role, with Sean Rubio taking over for now.
  • Sean Rubio is only 34 years old, but he’s already risen from a former video analyst in San Jose to interim athletic director at Austin FC.
  • Rubio was named to fill in the footsteps of the highly respected Claudio Reyna, who along with his wife became embroiled in a chaotic saga involving US men’s national team soccer coach Gregg Berhalter.
  • The young redhead enjoys board games and is a huge college and major league baseball fan, but understands the expectations and trials that come with his job.

Sean Rubio has hit the ground running.

But that’s cool for him because Austin FC’s interim athletic director already knew that walk.

The prospective 35-year-old manager didn’t come off the street to help manage the roster and salary cap of what is arguably one of Major League Soccer’s most thriving franchises, which just barely reached the Western Conference Finals last year in its sophomore year .

He has already paid some fees and some more and is not wasting any time.

You should know that Rubio saw the very first MLS game ever played in person when he was an impressive 8-year-old California boy among the 31,683 at Spartan Stadium on April 6, 1996. He still remembers Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda’s only goal in the 87th minute in the San Jose Clash’s 1-0 win over DC United.

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