Alvaro Saborio (#9) was Costa Rica's top scorer in 2014 World Cup Qualifying with eight goals. (Photo: Mexsport)
MIAMI – The arrival of Luis Michel at Saprissa has grabbed the attention of many football observers throughout CONCACAF, including that of Costa Rica striker Alvaro Saborío, who expressed delight about his former club acquiring the Mexican goalkeeper.
In his view, the stature and name that Michel brings to the Monstruo Morado (Purple Monster) will help the club, as well as the domestic league.
“I’m happy about it that an important player has arrived and the experience that he has,” said Saborio in a telephone interview.
Michel has come to Saprissa on a six-month loan after a long career with Guadalajara, where he played in 234 league matches, including two while on loan at Santos
“A goalkeeper like Michel contributes a lot to Saprissa and I think he contributes a lot to the league because he is a very well-known goalkeeper in CONCACAF,” added Saborio. “He is going to be good for the Costa Rican league.
The Real Salt Lake star, who has made 46 appearances in FIFA-related competitions for club and country, is looking forward to an momentous 2014. He hopes to be on Costa Rica’s roster at the World Cup this summer and is confident that the Ticos can put forth a good showing.
“It’s a difficult group like all the others in the World Cup,” he expressed when asked about facing Uruguay, England and Italy in Group D. “It is going to be a beautiful experience for many of us and we want to make history. We can make gains from the advantages that we have in the matches.”
Saborio is Salt Lake’s all-time leading scorer with 52 goals in 97 regular-season games. He also struck for a team-best eight tallies to top the Costa Rica scoring chart in qualifying for Brazil.