Looking back at when D.C. United acquired Alvaro Saborio in a July trade that sent Luis Silva to Real Salt Lake, reading through the comments, I remain not completely sure what expectations that D.C. fans had of Saborio when he came here, so let me try and float some questions out there:
- Was it the money hit that drove Sabo's expectations up? He was, after all, in the last year of a deal paying him $493,000 in guaranteed money, a deal he signed in 2013 after posting a 17-goal season when he was 30.
- Was it the optics of acquiring a #9 who could win aerials and keep the ball with his back to goal so more teammates could be involved? That Sabo doesn't fire a lot of shots on goal was a known quantity, or at least should have been to many.
- Was it the optics of when he was getting his minutes? Sure, he was toiling around in the summer when the Black and Red were in the midst of their winless streak in July and August, though within that streak it's been noted before that after Davy Arnaud went down, so did D.C. Saborio, but also it should be noted that Sabo's former RSL teammate Fabian Espindola was out for long portions of time. Sabo, Arnaud and Espindola started two games together after Sabo was acquired in July. Sabo and Espindola in the starting XI together? 13 combined shots and 5 shots on goal and an assist in three games, and this excludes the summer goal-a-paloozas against RSL and the Philadelphia Union.
- Was it because of what was given up? I liked Silva while he was here, but like Chris Pontius, Silva had injury problems that increased since his injury at the end of the 2014 regular season.While Saborio, a then-rental, was traded for Silva, a then-rental, was easy from a financial perspective, that Silva appears to be headed to Liga MX side Tigres makes the exercise of roster continuity beneficial to D.C. on that front as well, considering Saborio re-signed with D.C. in October.