FW Álvaro Saborío Voted Player of Month

REAL SALT LAKE FORWARD ÁLVARO SABORÍO NAMED MLS PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR MAY

Striker
Notched Four Goals and Three Assists in Helping RSL to Perfect Month,
First-ever Five-game Winning Streak

 

SANDY,
Utah (Tuesday, June 1, 2010)
Major League Soccer and the North
American Soccer Reporters
(NASR) today announced that Real Salt Lake
forward
Álvaro Saborío was voted Major League Soccer’s Player of
the Month for May
. The Costa Rican international recorded four goals and
three assists in five games, helping Real Salt Lake to a 5-0-0 record in May
and the first-ever five-game winning streak in the club’s six-year history.

 

In
addition to starting all five games in May, the 28-year-old Saborío recorded a
goal or an assist in each match, tying his teammate Javier Morales and head
coach Jason Kreis for Real Salt Lake’s longest point-scoring streak, a mark
he’ll look to claim for his own this Saturday night when RSL travels east to
take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium (5:30 p.m. MT, live on KUSG 2.2). Before
that contest, Saborio and RSL will first meet United in qualifying play for the
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this Wednesday in a contest that will also take place
at RFK Stadium at 5:30 p.m. (video stream available at RealSaltLake.com, audio
broadcast at KALL 700 Sports and KALL700Sports.com).

 

With
all four of his goals in May and two of his helpers coming at Rio Tinto
Stadium, Saborío also played a large part in helping to extend Real Salt Lake’s
home unbeaten streak to 18 games overall and 15 in League play. Since joining
Real Salt Lake on loan in March from Swiss side FC Sion, the dynamic striker
has notched five goals and four assists while helping the Utah side get off to
the best start in team history at 6-3-1.

 

While
this is Saborío’s first MLS Player of the Month honor, he was recognized
earlier in May as the MLS Player of the Week for Week 8 thanks to his
outstanding two-goal performance against the Houston Dynamo on May 13. Saborío
becomes the third member of Real Salt Lake to earn MLS’ monthly honor, joining
FW Jeff Cunningham (August 2006) and GK Nick Rimando (July 2008).

 

The
Major League Soccer Player of the Month is selected following the last regular
season game of each month by a panel of journalists from the North American
Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television,
radio and online media. More information and membership guidelines can be found
at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.

 

2010
MLS Player of the Month Winners

April: Edson Buddle (LA
Galaxy)

May: Álvaro Saborío
(Real Salt Lake)