Player Details


Álvaro Saborío


6' 0"


170 lbs

Date of Birth

3.25.1982 (39)


San Carlos, Costa Rica


2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

Option declined following 2016 season.

PRONUNCIATION: Al-vuh-ro sabb-oh-REE-oh

One of the most consistent scoring presences over the last half-decade, Saborio enters 2016 with something to prove. The 33-year-old has scored just 15 goals over his last two seasons after starting his MLS career with four-straight seasons of at least 11 goals. The big No. 9 striker was a main reason why Real Salt Lake made the playoffs every year he was there and he helped the club reach the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League finals and the 2013 MLS Cup.

INTERNATIONAL: For the better part of the last decade, Saborio has proven to be an important player for the Costa Rican national team at various level. He has scored 35 goals in 105 appearances at the senior level. The striker appeared twice for the Ticos at the 2006 World Cup but missed the 2014 tournament due to injury. He has been a major part of World Cup qualifying for the team over the last three cycles and has been a consistent presence on the squad's Gold Cup rosters.

OUTSIDE MLS: Made 19 appearances for Bristol City in their 2009-10 campaign after joining the Robins on loan in September 2009. Netted 36 goals in 87 appearances during his stay with FC Sion from 2006-09. Started his career with Saprissa totaling149 appearances and 95 goals, scoring an average of two goals every three games. Helped Saprissa reach the CONCACAF Champions Cup final in back-to-back years, winning the 2005 title over Mexican side UNAM (Pumas) (3-2 agg.) a year after dropping the series to fellow Costa Rican side Alajuelense.

NOTES: 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup winner...2010 MLS Newcomer of the Year.



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