Diego Rubio ties Colorado Rapids’ single-season scoring record in season finale tie against Austin FC


Ending on a satisfactory note to an otherwise unsatisfactory season matters.

Even to Diego Rubio and the Colorado Rapids.

Trailing 1-0 on the road against playoff-bound Austin FC on Sunday, the Rapids’ season was set to end on a bummer. Until the third minute of stoppage time, when forward Diego Rubio headed home a looping headed pass from teammate Lalas Abubakar to find the back of the net. The goal was the final kick of the game and it finished 1-1.

With the goal, Rubio tied the single-season club record for goals with 16. He matched former Rapids star and head coach Conor Casey with the feat, which was set back in 2009.

“I always say that I just think about the team, about winning and saying that I scored this goal and it ties the legend Conor Casey, it’s great to be with that guy,” Rubio said. “He was almost like a friend to us while he was coaching. It’s great to be at his level and we just need to be champions (to match) him and his level. I hope that can be next year.”

The game was tied for 80-plus minutes until MVP-candidate Sebastián Driussi buried a penalty kick after midfielder Bryan Acosta drew the penalty after he ran into Felipe Martins in the box after a turnover. It was Driussi’s 22nd goal of the season.


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