Real Salt Lake received good news Wednesday, March 26 when Major League Soccer ruled that forward Alvaro Saborio’s hard tackle on an LA Galaxy player did not warrant a one-game suspension -- making him eligible for this week's game against Toronto FC.
Fox Soccer’s “Inside MLS” posted the news Wednesday on Twitter after it learned of the MLS Disciplinary Committee's decision regarding Saborio.
“Message from MLS Disciplinary Committee to LA Galaxy and Toronto FC in wake of Saborío reprieve: your lobbying has no place here. #mls,” Fox Soccer tweeted.
The Galaxy and Toronto FC reportedly both filed complaints calling for Saborio to be suspended.
TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen took it one step further by not only complaining about his midfielder Jackson being banned one game for his foul -- but for Saborio receiving just a warning for his tackle on Galaxy defender A.J. De La Garza.
“That could have broken his leg. If Jackson gets suspended, you’d like to hope that a (player) who has nearly broken a guy’s leg is going to get suspended as well. You never know, though. I don’t make up the rules,” Nelsen said in an interview with SportsNet Canada Wednesday.
Real Salt Lake collides with unbeaten Toronto FC later this week at Rio Tinto Stadium, a tall task for a team like RSL that has allowed four goals in the past two games.
Having Saborio in the lineup means RSL still has just three healthy forwards -- himself, Olmes Garcia and youngster Benji Lopez -- but not having the Costa Rica international available might have made this week’s tilt impossible.