Saborio Signed As RSL’s First DP

Saborio Signed As RSL’s First DP

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 1, 2010
  • Alvaro Saborio

The offseason priorities for Real Salt Lake were fairly simple and now one can be crossed off. Today the club announced they have signed Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio as their first Designated Player.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that RSL has come to an agreement with Saborio. General manager Garth Lagerwey also had to negotiate FC Sion and Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, which owned a portion of Saborio’s contract. Saborio had played for Saprissa from 2001-2006, before moving to FC Sion.

He scored 18 goals in all competitions, while making 29 appearances. Saborio is currently recovering from minor knee surgery. The deal should keep Saborio in an RSL uniform through the 2014 season.

Saborio was the club’s main priority in the offseason after losing Robbie Findley to the Portland Timbers (or to Europe rather). Signing him to a long-term deal is a great move for the club. He put up DP style numbers in 2010 for the club and proved to be a handful for MLS teams on the pitch.