Doubts on the attack? Sabo the Salvation?

We all know that the MLS season starts in just weeks and Real Salt Lake let many players go at the end of last season 2012 including fan favorites like Will Johnson, Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave. They were an important part of the starting 11 in Jason Kreis’s team. Some were with the team for some years and knew the system – Paulo Jr, Kyle Reynish, Nico Muniz. Others came in 2012 but technical decisions were made and will not stay in the team for 2013 – Emiliano Bonfigli, Jonny Steele and Justin Braun.

The most affected part of the team was the attack where only Alvaro Saborio remains on the Utah team. Everyone knows that the lack of scoring in big games during 2012 is a major concern for Jason Kreis and  because of this the team did everything possible to keep  the talisman and owner of the magic wand,  Javier Morales, a very important player in the attack of  Real Salt Lake. They also added Robbie Findley, a player known by the coaching staff.  Joao Plata – a former Toronto FC player – ball control and speed are some of his qualities. And Devon Sandoval – one of the promises of the MLS Draft can help a lot but that does not stop the fans from worrying.

The momentum that Saborio has in the beginning of 2013 season can bring benefits to Real Salt Lake. Alvaro Saborio comes from winning the 2013 Central American Cup as captain and the star of the Costa Rican National Team. He has also had great start in Hex CONCACAF where he scored a goal and made the assist for the equalizer against Panama.

Having Sabo “On Fire” is excellent news for Real Salt Lake.  He is happy because of the accomplishments with his National Team and it will be nice if this great moment is transferred to the team he works for week in week out.  He is Real Salt Lake’s leading scorer with 40 goals in 81 games and the way Saborio is scoring, he has been unstoppable. If the additions do not relieve the doubts of the fans in the attack hopefully the great moment of Alvaro Saborio is the medicine the doctor prescribed.

Some Statistics on Sabo

He has scored 7 goals in the last 7 games with Costa Rica led by Colombian Coach Jorge Luis Pinto. On average, Saborio has scored a goal every 2.4 games with Los Ticos.

With Club Saprissa where he started his career, he had an extraordinary level of 1 goal every 1.6 games, which ended up being the main reason for FC Sion of Switzerland to buy his rights. Once there, his goal average would decrease – something logical for a striker that comes to a new country, a new league, different style and different language. However, his scoring average wasn’t that bad as he scored a goal every 2.4 games; in 2010 he would signed for Real Salt Lake and his average has improved significantly  and you can see that he is getting more comfortable in the MLS, his average in 2010 would be 1 goal every 2.3 games, 2011 would be 1 goal every 2.1 games and in 2012 he would reach again his top level at 1 goal every 1.8 games.

What do you expect for his average in 2013?

@ Chiquipelaez

3 Responses to “Key to RSL Attack in 2013: Still Sabo?”

  1. Mike C. says:

    Nice post. I can’t wait to see Sabo’s scoring momentum from Los Ticos spill over to RSL league play. Also, looks like with Luisito is getting some key experience with U20 right now and is working over Haiti at the moment. Exciting things ahead for RSL.

  2. Francesco says:

    There’s no reason he shouldn’t get at least 12 goals this year, especially with three speed options to pair with him in Robbie, Plata, and hopefully now signed gOlmes

  3. Ryan says:

    I don’t think there’s any doubt Sabo will get well over 12 goals this season. Looking at least season, he had 17 goals in MLS play, and that’s even with the “slump” everybody seemed to be complaining about in the middle and at the end. Seeing how on fire he is right now with Costa Rica, and pairing him with lightning-fast Findley and/or Plata up top, I have no doubt that he’ll be in the top 3 scorers in MLS this season.

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