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Sabo’s getting it again. The hate has been raining down on him over the last week or so. There was a similar period of time last season of fans being agitated by Alvaro Saborio. So what’s the deal? Why is it directed towards him?
Alvaro’s a completely different type of forward from what Real Salt Lake fans have seen over the seasons before. The only thing the same about him and Espindola, his regular partner up top. is the fact that they’re each so unique. Fabian is a scrappy player that uses his tricky style to weave his way through hulking defenders. Fabi also is widely-known as a player that goes through for every ball at full power. He doesn’t let a chance pass him up.
It becomes quite obvious that Sabo isn’t much like his fellow striker at all. He’s a big target man that likes to use his size and physicality as an advantage over defenders. He’s got a lot of power in his shot and has a wonderful snap header. Not only does he have the power and size, Saborio also has the skills. In his time at RSL he’s scored two different back heel goals. Everyone remembers the one he put in against Seattle last year in the first leg of the playoffs to seal a dominating 3-0 victory. Most supporters have probably forgotten the back heel flick he put past New England two seasons ago in Real’s 5-0 win at the RioT.
Aside from all that, I really think he’s just misunderstood. I think fans have gotten used to Fabian’s %100-for-every-half-chance style and can’t handle Sabo’s different way of getting chances and scoring. Instead of going crazy like Espindola, Saborio picks his chances. If there’s a through ball or opening that he judges to not be quite good enough he simply won’t go all the way for it. But it all works out, because all that conserved energy he has when he doesn’t use on those half-chances, he transfers to the opportunities he thinks are pure effort worthy. He literally puts everything into the chances he picks. He really seems like a different player than the one you usually see jogging around calling for a ball. Alvaro doesn’t just power load his sprint and shot, he seems to concentrate a lot harder, putting all his concentration on his approach and placement. I really can understand people being with frustrated with him, but cursing him to the point of bringing a sign to a game that says, “TRADE SABORIO” is a little much in my opinion. I suspect there are a lot of other fans out there that concur with me.
His attitude is unlike any of the other guys on the team. He gets pissed. There’s me saying it frankly for you. He sometimes gets mad at himself for not scoring on one of his chosen moments and he gets angry when a ball on another one of those chosen situations isn’t played just right by one of his teammates. Most people remember last year when he stormed off of the pitch after being subbed and went right to the locker room after exchanging words with Jason Kreis. He was suspended by Real Salt Lake for one game for his reactions. Since then, I really believe his attitude on and off the pitch has improved. I mean, I’m not in the locker room listening in, but he hasn’t done anything stupid on the field since.
I believe that Alvaro Saborio is simply a misunderstood player. Fans should learn to relax and know that goals are coming and let Sabo play his own game his own way.
ONWARD REAL SALT LAKE!