Alvaro Saborio returns home to Saprissa

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The former MLS forward is back where his career started after a long negotiation with the Costa Rican champion.

Alvaro Saborio's career is coming full circle.

After making more than 100 appearances for Saprissa between 2001-2006, the Costa Rican forward played abroad for the next decade of his career, but signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year to return to Saprissa, the club announced Tuesday.

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Saborio is best known to U.S. fans for his time with Real Salt Lake, where he scored at least 10 goals in his first four seasons after arriving in MLS in 2010. But RSL traded Saborio to D.C. United as his goal totals diminished in 2015, and Saborio failed to lock down a regular spot in the capital.

After D.C. declined his contract option, rumors began that he would return to Costa Rica, but the process to sign was "maybe a little long," Saborio said.

When asked at the introductory news conference if he has a goal total in mind over the next two short seasons, Saborio replied, "No, I never set goals like that, but I do see myself scoring plenty of goals. I can see myself celebrating in the stadium. I have to integrate myself with the team, get in good form and be able to fight for a spot."

Saprissa won the Costa Rican title in December but has seen its team hit with an exodus of players — many of whom are headed to MLS. Saborio said he's excited to use the experience he had abroad to help the young players Saprissa will be relying on for success in the upcoming seasons.

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"I feel really happy to be in a position to have the knowledge I can pass on to the young players to make them better so they can achieve an important career. We're going to contribute everything we can," he said.

Los Morados are set for a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Pachuca and also started off their title defense with a wobble, losing 1-0 to San Carlos in the opening round of the new short tournament. 

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