Beyond The Box Score: Rubio strikes early as Sporting KC shutout streak is snapped in Seattle

Sporting Kansas City's four-game winning run and long-standing shutout streak came to an end Saturday in a 3-1 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.

Diego Rubio fired the visitors ahead after just 92 seconds, but a quick equalizer from Raul Ruidiaz and second-half strikes courtesy of an own goal and a Nicolas Lodeiro penalty gave Seattle their eighth straight win, breaking the single-season MLS record for most consecutive victories during the non-shootout era (2000-present).

Although the result prevents Sporting KC from taking first place in the Western Conference, the team will nonetheless be encouraged by the volume of chances created on Saturday. Manager Peter Vermes' men outshot Seattle 19-9, enjoyed 61 percent of possession and saw a handful of opportunities go begging on an unlucky afternoon in the Pacific Northwest.

At the center of Sporting KC's playmaking was Rubio, who continued his red-hot run of form with a blistering strike in the second minute. The 25-year-old, who will represent the Chile Men's National Team during next week's FIFA international window, has now set an all-time Sporting KC record with a goal or an assist in seven straight regular season matches. 

Rubio, who boasts five goals in as many games and now owns a tie for the team lead with eight MLS tallies in 2018, scored the sixth-fastest goal in Sporting KC history on Saturday afternoon.

FASTEST GOALS IN SPORTING KC HISTORY
(MLS REGULAR SEASON)

Time Player Date Result
0:35 Davy Arnaud 08/22/2003 T 2-2 vs. Colorado Rapids
0:36 Scott Sealy 09/09/06 W 4-1 vs. Colorado Rapids
0:41 Chance Myers 04/27/2013 L 2-3 vs. Portland Timbers
0:50 Ryan Pore 09/03/2005 T 2-2 at New York Red Bulls
1:01 Teal Bunbury 05/19/2012 T 2-2 at Colorado Rapids
1:32 Diego Rubio 09/01/2018 L 1-3 at Seattle Sounders FC

Rubio's scintillating opener was canceled out 10 minutes later by Ruidiaz's close-range finish, bringing an end to Sporting KC's 387-minute shutout streak. This was the club's sixth-longest regular season shutout run ever.

LONGEST SHUTOUT STREAKS IN SPORTING KC HISTORY
(MLS REGULAR SEASON)

Minutes Started Ended
681 04/19/2000 05/27/2000
546 03/09/2013 04/20/2013
414 03/25/2012 04/18/2012
412 09/27/2013 10/26/2013
392 09/14/2012 10/07/2012
387 07/28/2018 09/01/2018

Sporting KC will look to bounce back next Saturday, Sept. 8, when the side hosts Orlando City SC at Children's Mercy Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and tickets remain available via SeatGeek.com.

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