When the Copa America rolls around this summer, D.C. United will have at least one player participating. United forward Alvaro Saborio has made Los Ticos' 23 man roster for the tournament, joining such MLS players as Kendall Waston, Christian Bolanos, and Johan Venegas. Former D.C. United trialist Arial Rodriguez also made the final roster. He will depart the team after Friday's game, and will miss at least two league matches, against Sporting Kansas City and the Seattle Sounders. If Costa Rica were to make it out of group A, Saborio could miss two more league matches, against Houston Dynamo and the New England Revolution.
The break for the Copa America is a boon for United, because the partnership of Alvaro Saborio and Luciano Acosta has been United's starting attack for the past few weeks; if MLS played straight through the Copa America, Saborio would likely have missed at least four games. In Saborio's absence, Fabian Espindola will get at least two games to prove that he can partner with Lucho, whose spot in the lineup becomes more and more guaranteed every single week. What he does during that time will decide whether or not Saborio steps right back into the starting lineup upon his return.