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Sporting KC striker Diego Rubio out for season with torn ACL

Sporting KC forward Diego Rubio (left) is out for the rest of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Sporting KC forward Diego Rubio (left) is out for the rest of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. jledford@kcstar.com

Sporting Kansas City’s insurance for striker Dom Dwyer will be obsolete for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Top backup forward Diego Rubio will miss the rest of the year after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice Friday. He is scheduled for surgery next week, and the team expects him back for the 2017 season.

Rubio, 23, was acquired in March, and he has served as depth behind Dwyer on the Sporting KC roster. He has appeared in 20 games across all competitions this season, often entering the game as a late substitute when the club is trailing.

His rookie MLS season has included three goals and one assist, with the three goals coming in three different competitions. He is the first player in Sporting KC history to score in the MLS regular season, the CONCACAF Champions League and the U.S. Open Cup in the same calendar year.

When Rubio joined Sporting KC on a transfer in March, the initial agreement kept him in Kansas City for only three months. But after extending the deal through the end of the season, Sporting KC bought his rights and signed him through a new deal. The contract will run through the 2018 season, with Sporting KC owning a club option for 2019.

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