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Rubio's strike in 60th minute evens Sporting with Real Salt Lake in two-game aggregate series

Series moves to KC for final match
Posted: 12:26 AM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-05 06:26:54Z

Diego Rubio scored from distance in the 60th minute, seconds after entering as a second-half substitute, and Western Conference champion Sporting Kansas City tied Real Salt Lake 1-1 on Sunday in Game 1 of the two-legged semifinal.

   It was Rubio's first touch since entering as a sub. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando's clearance attempt was deflected by a hustling Felipe Gutierrez and Rubio settled it, took a touch and sent it inside the far post.

   Albert Rusnak scored for RSL in the 52nd minute by volleying home Damir Kreilach's header on a give-and-go. Rusnak, one of RSL's key players, will miss the next game after picking up a yellow card on a needless challenge of Graham Zusi far from goal.

   Sporting KC, which will host the second leg next Sunday, has only one win in its last 13 regular-season meeting against RSL -- with six ties.