Rubio’s 2 goals help Sporting KC beat Timbers 3-0
Sporting (12-6-6) won its third straight to remain three points behind Western Conference-leading FC Dallas.
Rubio rifled a shot from the top of the box just inside the near post to open the scoring in the 28th minute and then made it 2-0 when he put away a cross by Daniel Salloi in the 37th.
Portland (10-6-7) has lost three in a row. The Timbers had just one shot in the first half and were outshot 25-7 overall.