Alvaro Saborio wins MLS Latino del Año 2013

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio was named Major League Soccer’s Latino del Año 2013 on Monday, beating out Houston’s Boniek Garcia, Dallas’ Raul Fernandez and LA’s Jaime Penedo in the final fan vote to take home the honor.

Saborio took home 36.4 percent of the final round vote to win Latino del Año. Fernandez finished in second with 25.47 percent, Penedo was third with 25.27 percent and Boniek Garcia rounded out the vote with 12.85 percent.

Saborio missed significant time in 2013 due to injuries and international call-ups, but he was wildly successful while on the field, leading RSL with 12 goals in 16 regular season games. The Costa Rican international’s strike rate of 0.80 goals per 90 minutes was tops on Real Salt Lake and second in MLS to Golden Boot winner Vancouver forward Camilo Sanvezzo.

Saborio is currently rehabbing a hip flexor strain suffered in the second leg of RSL’s Western Conference Semifinal series win over the Galaxy. It is not yet known if he’ll be available for the second leg of RSL’s Western Conference Championship series at Portland on Sunday.