ICYMI | MLS: RSL moves Saborio, Dynamo welcomes Torres

Changes abound as teams take action during the transfer and trade window. Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio, RSL’s all-time leading scorer, has been traded to D.C. United for Luis Silva, while Montreal dealt disgruntled Bakary Soumare to FC Dallas for Canadian midfielder Kyle Bekker. Houston’s record-fee signing Erick "Cubo" Torres arrived from Mexico.

1. Saborio joins Real Salt Lake exodus

Another stalwart of Real Salt Lake’s tradition has moved on.

Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio, RSL’s all-time leading scorer, has been traded to D.C. United for Luis Silva. Saborio was acquired in March, 2010, just a few months after RSL had won its only MLS Cup title, and while in Utah set a team record by scoring 63 goals in 127 appearances. The trade reunites him with Fabian Espindola; they combined for 65 goals with RSL before Espindola was sent to the Red Bulls following the 2012 season. After one season, the Red Bulls traded Espindola to D.C. United.

“Saborio has been a proven goal scorer throughout his career, especially in Major League Soccer,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He’s a true No. 9 that will provide an immediate spark to our offense.”

Both players have been struggling. Saborio has scored three goals in 14 games and recently has been coming off the bench, with Sebastian Jaime preferred as a starter. Silva played a vital role last year in D.C. United’s amazing renaissance by scoring 11 goals, but this year he’s netted only once in 14 games. Both are in the final year of their contracts.

In addition to Espindola,veterans Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Will Johnson, Ned Grabavoy, and Chris Wingert have departed in recent years, though Olave returned to RSL last winter. The departures have taken a toll; RSL is ninth in the Western Conference -- seven points out of the playoff tier -- and in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007, the year that former head coach Jason Kreis took over from John Ellinger and fairly quickly built RSL into one of the league’s elite teams.

2. Impact sends Soumare to FC Dallas for Bekker.

The Montreal Impact sent unhappy defender Bakary Soumare to FC Dallas for Canadian midfielder Kyle Bekker.

"Bakary had asked us to be traded because he was not happy with his playing time," said Impact head coach and director of player personnel Frank Klopas. "I accepted his request and I am happy that we could find a quick solution which is also positive for the club."

Bekker, 24, is currently playing his third MLS season after being drafted third overall by Toronto FC in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. He has played eight games, including two starts, with FC Dallas this season. He played for Canada at the 2015 Gold Cup.

3. ‘Cubo’ finally lands in Houston.

Houston’s postseason prospects are looking brighter. Erick "Cubo" Torres has arrived, at long last.

Acquired in December and loaned for six months to Guadalajara, parent company of his former MLS club -- the departed but not lamented Chivas USA -- Torres had to wait out the visa process longer than anticipated. Also clouding his future was a sexual assault charge lodged during his stint with Guadalajara; he’s been cleared by local authorities and MLS.

“We’re extremely excited to have Cubo in market and joining the Dynamo,” club president Chris Canetti said to MLSsoccer.com. “It’s been several months since we announced the signing and there’s been a lot of anticipation for his arrival. This is the biggest signing in the history of the team. It creates a lot of energy for the club and the fan base and finally getting to this point is very exciting.”

Torres is expected to train with the team Friday before its trip to play a league game against Real Salt Lake on Saturday and a U.S. Open Cup game against Sporting Kansas City Tuesday. He’s been training with Guadalajara waiting for his visa to be approved. He scored 22 league goals for Chivas USA since signing with the league in 2013. His new five-year deal moves him into Designated Player status.

“It’s important that we can’t rush him too soon, we have to build the fitness level up that his game requires; and that’s what we’ll look to do in the coming weeks,” said Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle. We now have to get that match sharpness."

4. Sports-hernia surgery sidelines Shea 

The quest to convert Brek Shea from a midfielder to a defender, or vice versa, is on hold.

Orlando City SC announced Thursday that he’s undergone sports-hernia surgery and there is no timetable for his return. On Tuesday, the Lions acquired veteran Corey Ashe in a trade with Houston to fill the possible void on the left side. Like Shea, Ashe has played left mid and left back in his pro career.

Shea, 25, started the season at left back but has played more at left mid the past two months. In 14 games (all starts), he’s logged one assist.

Ashe is expected to start Saturday when the Lions take on the Red Bulls at the Citrus Bowl.

5. ‘Caps lose Waston for Gold Cup knockout rounds.

It might only be for one game, but the callup of defender Kendall Waston by Costa Rica for the Gold Cup elimination rounds will also eliminate him from playing for Vancouver Saturday in a Cascadia Cup clash at Portland. He replaces former Chivas USA defender Michael Umana.

Summoning Waston was the only roster change made by Costa Rican head coach and former international Paulo Wanchope, whose team faces archrival Mexico in the quarterfinals on Sunday. He has played 10 games for the ‘Caps this season. Vancouver plays San Jose next weekend and Waston would also miss that game if Costa Rica reaches the Gold Cup final July 26.
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