Sporting KC acquires Chilean striker Diego Rubio on loan

Chile's Diego Rubio celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during an U-20 South American soccer championship match in Mendoza, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Walter Moreno)
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City acquired Chilean striker Diego Rubio on loan from Spanish club Real Valladolid on Tuesday, giving the MLS club additional depth as it begins a busy early portion of its schedule.

The 22-year-old Rubio has also played for powerhouse Sporting Clube de Portugal's reserve team, where he scored 22 goals in 52 games. He also made 20 senior team appearances for the club.

Rubio has also been loaned to Romanian club Pandurii Targu Jiu and Noregian club Sandnes Ulf.

He will occupy an international roster spot for Sporting KC, which beat Seattle in its season opener on Sunday. The club plays its home opener Saturday against Vancouver.