The Diego Rubio Era in Kansas City won’t be so short-lived after all.
Rubio’s loan with Sporting Kansas City has been extended through the remainder of the 2016 season, coach Peter Vermes told The Star on Wednesday.
The loan agreement with Spanish-club Real Valladolid was set to expire Thursday.
Rubio, 23, was in Sporting KC’s starting lineup Wednesday against the Houston Dynamo in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16. He has two goals this season — one in MLS play and one in the fourth round of the Open Cup.
He assisted on the club’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Houston on Wednesday. He played 71 minutes, his longest outing of the season.
“He created the goal,” Vermes said. “Credit to him — he played well, I thought.”
Rubio, a striker from Chile, occupies the young designated player spot on Sporting Kansas City’s roster. He joined the team in March and spent the first half-season serving primarily as Dom Dwyer’s backup and as a late-game substitute.
“He’s getting (more fit). He’s having a better pace and more physicality. All that stuff is helping him,” Vermes said.