Saborío & Johnson Named to Respective National Teams for Upcoming Friendlies

Both influential RSL cogs to miss Sept. 4 match v. New York at Rio Tinto Stadium


Red-hot Saborío to Represent Costa Rica for Road
Matches at Panama & Jamaica;

Johnson to Join Canada for North of the Border Exhibitions
v. Peru and Honduras

(Friday, August
27, 2010) – Real Salt Lake players
FW Álvaro Saborío and MF Will Johnson have both been called into
their respective national teams for international friendlies set to take place
between September 3-7. The call-ups
for Saborío and Johnson will rule both players out for selection for Real Salt
Lake’s return to Rio Tinto Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 4 against the New York
Red Bulls, but both will be available for Head Coach Jason Kreis when the Claret-and-Cobalt travel to the Pacific
Northwest for a nationally-televised showdown at Seattle Sounders FC on
Thursday, Sept. 9 (9:00 p.m. MT, ESPN2).

Saborío will
represent the Costa Rican National Team
during a pair of friendlies for the Ticos
taking place in short order – a clash next Friday,
Sept. 3
against Panama in Panama
City, followed by a quick jaunt to the Caribbean two days later on Sunday, Sept. 5 for a contest against Jamaica at the Reggae Boyz’ home of National Stadium in Kingston.

28-year-old Saborío has served as the focal point of the RSL attack this
season, scoring 12 goals across 23 appearances in regular season and Cup
competition, including eight tallies in League play and four goals in the Utah
side’s first two CONCACAF Champions League matches. “Sabo” has been a mainstay
on Costa Rica’s frontline in recent years, the 2006 FIFA World Cup veteran
notching 22 goals in 55 “caps” at the Senior International level.

Canadian Men’s National Team head coach Stephen Hart on Thursday announced Johnson as part of Canada’s 20-player
roster in advance of its two upcoming exhibitions. Following Real Salt Lake’s MLS clash tomorrow at BMO
Field against Toronto FC
(5:00 p.m.
MT, live on KUSG 2.2 / Comcast 111)
, Johnson will remain north of the
border and join his Canadian teammates at the squad’s weeklong training camp in
Alliston, Ontario. Canada will be preparing first for its meeting against Peru back at BMO Field next Saturday, Sept. 4 (3:30 p.m. MT), which
will be followed by a trip to Montreal’s Saputo Stadium for a friendly with
fellow CONCACAF running mate Honduras
on Tuesday, Sept. 7 (5:30 p.m.

Johnson will
be looking to build up on his 11 “caps” for Canada’s Senior side across the
next two weeks, and will also hope to tally his first goal at that level. The
23-year-old midfielder’s last match for the Maple
was a 90-minute run out in a 0-5 defeat against Argentina in a World
Cup tune-up for the South American power back on May 24 in Buenos Aires.
Johnson is the only Real Salt Lake player to score a goal in all three of the
team’s competitions in 2010, tallying once each in MLS regular season, CONCACAF
Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play across 24 combined
appearances for the defending MLS Cup champs. / / /