That dream is now over for Saborio, who suffered a broken foot Wednesday while training with the Costa Rican national team.
"We're all on the team extremely gutted for Sabo because we know hard he's worked to have this opportunity," said RSL head coach Jeff Cassar. "But we're going to welcome him back with open arms and take care of him. We're going to give him everything he needs to get back on the field as soon as possible."
Saborio is expected to miss 3-4 months, meaning the earliest he could come back is September.
If anybody knows what Sabo is going through, it's defender Chris Wingert, who broke his foot last year and was out four months.
"I don't even want to compare my situation to his," Wingert said. "He's going to the World Cup and that's the highlight of any soccer player's career. So, it's an incredibly devastating time for him. Hopefully he can find some joy when he comes back and gets to be with his family. They just had a baby, so I know that will bring him some happiness."
The loss of Saborio, who is tied for the team lead in goals with six this season, certainly hurts Real Salt Lake. But that's not the team's primary concern right now.
"He's been an unbelievable goal scorer for us," said Wingert. "So ya, it's devastating for us too, but right now, we're more concerned for him."
RSL returns to action Saturday afternoon at 2:00 against Seattle in a match that will be televised on CW-30.
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