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?