RSL completes Álvaro Saborío signing

Costa Rican international already in camp with Real Salt Lake

Costa Rican forward Álvaro Saborío has agreed to a loan deal with
Real Salt Lake and has joined the team for its preseason camp in
Charleston, S.C.


RSL is currently in Charleston for the Carolina Challenge Cup,
and Saborío is eligible to play in the tourney, pending the receipt of
his International Transfer Certificate and work visa.

The loan from Swiss club FC Sion had been rumored for several days.


"We are energized that our pursuit of a striker has reached a successful
conclusion with the addition of Álvaro Saborío," RSL general manager
Garth Lagerwey said. "We still have a few steps to complete in obtaining
his player pass and securing a work permit, but if we are able to
accomplish those steps we are cautiously optimistic Álvaro could be
available to play early in the season."


Saborio is considered a forward replacement for Yura Movsisyan,
who left to join a Danish club Randers after MLS Cup 2009. The Costa
Rican will team up with Robbie Findley in attack for RSL.

"I’m excited to join Real Salt Lake and look forward to a great season
ahead," said Saborío, who has netted 22 goals in 55 appearances for
Costa Rica. "I’m busy learning about the other players, the coaching
staff and the way the club functions, and once I become comfortable in
the team I expect good things to happen."


Sion had loaned Saborío to English Championship side Bristol City before
the close of the 2009 summer transfer window. On February 17 of this
year, Bristol City confirmed that the loan spell would be cut short. 



Saborío,
who turns 28 this month and is fluent in English, scored only two goals
in 21 matches for Bristol.



Bristol City’s official site quoted
the club’s manager as saying the player had problems in Costa Rica and
requested to cancel his loan deal. The manager pointed to his family
situation as the direct culprit for a loss of form.



"He became a
shadow of himself and if you're not mentally up for the Championship
then it stands out like a sore thumb,” said Bristol City manager Gary
Johnson. "It must be a big problem to cut your career short and return
home."



In early March it was rumored in Costa Rica that Saborío
would be making the move to Seattle Sounders FC.


He joined Sion after the 2006 World Cup, scoring 36 goals in 87
appearances for the Swiss club.

Published reports had his contract with
Sion running through 2011. His
contractual rights were jointly held by both Sion and Costa Rican side
Saprissa, but the Swiss team had the power to negotiate his contract.

Saborío trained with Saprissa as he awaited confirmation of his move
to MLS.