Saborío at a "Meet the Players" event for Real Salt Lake in 2010
|Full name||Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón|
|Date of birth||25 March 1982|
|Place of birth||Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Real Salt Lake|
|Coyotes de Saltillo|
|2009–2010||→ Bristol City (loan)||20||(2)|
|2010||→ Real Salt Lake (loan)||27||(12)|
|2011–||Real Salt Lake||70||(40)|
|2004||Costa Rica U23||15||(13)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 October 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈalβaɾo saβoˈɾi.o]; born 25 March 1982 in Ciudad Quesada) is a Costa Rican footballer, who currently plays for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer and the Costa Rica national football team.
Saborio began his professional career with Saprissa in his native Costa Rica. He made his Costa Rican Primera División debut against Limonense on 8 August 2001. Saborío was the leading goal-scorer of the 2003–2004 Costa Rican season, finishing the year with 25 goals, five above Whayne Wilson.
With Saprissa, he has won a league title and a CONCACAF Champions Cup, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup, where Saprissa finished third behind São Paulo and Liverpool. At the tournament, he scored two goals and ended up tied with three other players for top scoring honors.
Saborío played his first game for Bristol City in a Championship match on 13 September against Coventry City making an impact by setting up fellow striker Nicky Maynard. Saborío also picked up his first yellow card in English football as the match ended in a 1–1 draw. Soborio scored his first goal for Bristol City in their 1–1 draw with Scunthorpe United.
He left Bristol City and his contract was terminated with FC Sion in February 2010 so that he could return to Costa Rica.
Real Salt Lake
Saborío signed with Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake in March 2010. He made a huge impact in his first season in Salt Lake: RSL boasted the highest-scoring offense in MLS in 2010 (45 goals); Saborío led the way with a team-high 12 tallies. For his efforts, he earned the MLS Newcomer of the Year award. He also starred for the club in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, scoring eight goals as Real Salt Lake advanced to the championship round.
Since joining RSL, Saborío has become the club's all-time leading scorer, and been their key target man. As of 5 May 2012 Saborío has scored 38 goals across all competition. Including 8 of them coming from CONCACAF Champions League play.
On 18 November 2013 Saborío was named FutbolMLS.com's Latino del Año.
He is also an important player for the Costa Rica national football team at numerous levels. He represented the U-23 team at the 2004 Olympics, scoring the Qualifying goal that took them there, and subsequently starting three of four games for the team, scoring a goal against Portugal. He has also been capped for the full national team 54 times bagging 23 goals, playing for the team during 2006 World Cup Qualifying.
Saborío, better known as "Pipe", has been notably recognized for his accomplishments with Deportivo Saprissa, and the high amount of goals he has scored in a short period. But after a year at the club his Costa Rican Coach got a hold of him and he took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was mostly a substitute for Costa Rica national football team, behind Rónald Gómez and former Man City forward Paulo César Wanchope. He has 54 caps for Costa Rica and has managed to score 23 goals. He also scored the first goal ever in the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, in the inaugural match against China. Saborío was at the centre of much controversy in the 2011 Gold Cup, criticized heavily for his misses, including two penalty kicks in the quarter final against Honduras, and for a training pitch incident where he allegedly kicked a ball at a child who was in the stands.
- Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Saborío can speak four languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. Saborio was briefly married to 2004 Miss Costa Rica, but she left him after only 2 years of marriage.
Career league statistics
Updated on 10 August 2013
- Primera División de Costa Rica (2):
- 2003–04, 2005–06
- CONCACAF Champions' Cup (1):
- Copa Interclubes UNCAF (1):
- Swiss Cup (1):
- Real Salt Lake
- Madrigal, Luis Alberto (18 April 2011). "Final con "Saborio" especial" [Final with "Saborio" special] (in Spanish). El Porvenir.
- Hernández Cerdas, Kenneth (24 January 2006). "Diez goles separan a Saborío del dardo 100 en Primera" [10 goals separate Saborío from 100 goals in the Primera] (in Spanish). Diario Extra.
- Álvaro Saborío at National-Football-Teams.com
- Saborio makes small impact on debut ESPN Soccernet Retrieved on 13 September 2009
- "Bristol City 1 – 1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
- Costa Rica – Record International Players
- "Á Saborío se le cerró la portería como nunca". nacion.com. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- Charles, Chris (16 September 2009). "Sport quotes of the week". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 September 2009.