Saborio claims his first Goal.com MLS player of the week award in his first season.Playing on Thursday, Alvaro Saborio gave the rest of Major League Soccer the weekend to try to match his exploits, but no one could. The striker scored a brace against the Houston Dynamo to give Real Salt Lake an emphatic 3-1 win and earn himself Goal.com MLS player of the week honors.
"The commentators still might have trouble saying his name, but he's not having any trouble settling into the MLS," said correspondent Nick Rosano. "The Costa Rican harried the Dynamo defense all night long and came out of it with a fine brace. If he keeps this kind of play up, he could easily be the signing of the season."
The Newcomer of the Year award may be a ways off still, but there's no doubt Saborio has settled quickly. His four goals in 2010 have the Costa Rica hitman tied for fourth in the league goalscoring charts.
"His performance should give RSL fans hope that Salt Lake have finally found the complete striker they've been waiting for," Salt Lake correspondent Jeremy Horton said. "A word of caution to the rest of the league: Saborio is already putting up gaudy numbers, yet he's still not fully in synch with the team."
The 28-year-old was synched with Javier Morales well enough for his second goal. The Argentine playmaker curved a free kick near post, and only Saborio read it, darting away from the pack to head home an open chance. Earlier, Saborio had stripped the ball from Adrian Serioux and blasted past Pat Onstad.
The other player to score a brace on the matchday was Kei Kamara. A second half double secured a point for the Kansas City Wizards, after the team went behind early to the Chicago Fire.
"In a slow week, production get the nod," said Los Angeles correspondent Manuel Carrera. "Kei Kamara gets a brace at home to salvage the draw against Chicago."
The first came thanks to a tight turn atop the box and a low shot which deceived Fire netminder Andrew Dykstra. On the second, a Teal Bunbury shot squirted underneath Dykstra, and Kamara only had to tap home from three feet out.
However, that wasn't a given. Against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Kamara attempted to finish a similar chance when he tripped and handled the ball, voiding the goal.
"He certainly made up for his youtube-famous gaffe in front of goal a few weeks ago with two goals," mentioned Chicago correspondent Isaac Heath.
Stefan Frei, Danny Mwanga, Fredy Montero, and Kevin Hartman also received nominations.
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