In a post from the Costa Rica news outlet La Nacion, D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio hints that he could be returning to Saprissa in the Ticos' domestic league in 2017, categorizing a return as "... a high possibility."
The report goes on to claim that talks have begun with Saborio, who signed a contract extension with the Black-and-Red last year (though seemed to admit news of it a month before it was made official), and the report does mention said extension has an option for 2017, though based strictly on the nature of the article, it would presumably be a club-held option.
The 34-year old Saborio remains the team goal-scoring leader with 4, despite his last tally being almost two months ago (May 13, vs. the New York Red Bulls). Since arriving in a July 2015 trade with Real Salt Lake for midfielder Luis Silva, Saborio has scored 8 goals in 27 games played (17 starts), though 3 of his 4 goals this year, and 5 of his 8 Black-and-Red goals, have been as a substitute.
With the in-season acquisitions of Alhaji Kamara and Patrick Mullins, Saborio finds himself down the depth chart of scoring options. His departure would allow for even more financial flexibility than his renegotiated number; despite being listed at a guaranteed compensation number of $535,000 on the May 2016 Players Union salary report, he was almost certainly not making this money. Saborio has a green card and does not impact D.C.'s international roster spot holdings were he to leave.
He would return to a Saprissa club where he played the first five years of his professional career, leading The S to Costa Rica Premiere League titles in two of them, and winning a CONCACAF Champions' Cup for them. He led Saprissa to a third place finish in the Club World Cup and scored 95 goals in 149 games. He would be the second MLS player in as many years to leave the League to play for Saprissa, after Jaime Penedo left the LA Galaxy to play for them this spring. Penedo eventually left after six months and now plays for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania.