American-born Ruvalcaba Joins Standard Liege

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Belgian Pro League team, Standard Liege, recently announced on their website that they have signed Jorge Ruvalcaba on loan from Mexican side, UNAM – Los Pumas for the season.

Although born in Rialto, California, the 22 year old winger has represented Mexico on their U21 team, but is still eligible to represented the country of his birth.

Ruvalcaba had a break-out campaign for Los Pumas last season, playing in 40 games while scoring on five occasions and assisting on another four goals. Despite his credentials, according to Standard Liege, the youngster was signed to play for Standard Liege 16 FC, also known as the SL Reserves. The team competes in the Challenger Pro League, the second team in the Belgian soccer pyramid.

Standard Liege II will next be in action on Sunday night when they travel to take on SK Beveren. The Mexican-American will hope to make his Belgian debut this weekend in Flanders.


Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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