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Former Costa Rica and Real Salt Lake star Alvaro Saborio retires

Alvaro Saborio is Real Salt Lake's all-time leading goal scorer.

Former Costa Rica and MLS striker Alvaro Saborio has announced his retirement following a reported dispute with Saprissa fans. 

Saborio, who earned over 100 caps with Costa Rica, recently joined Saprissa after deciding to leave D.C United in December.

According to, Saborio came into conflict with fans in a recent loss and afterward  he decided to retire "more than anything to protect my family."

"I don't want to expose them to these things and I no longer want to play,"...

Portland Timbers acquire Roy Miller from Costa Rican club Saprissa

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Roy Miller, right, will be joining the Portland Timbers from Costa Rican club Saprissa in February.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Timbers have acquired defender Roy Miller, who played six seasons in Major League Soccer before leaving for Saprissa of Costa Rica's top division.

Miller will remain with Saprissa through February to take part in the team's CONCACAF Champions League play.

The 32-year-old has made 48 appearances with Saprissa across all competitions for the past two seasons. The team won its 33rd Primera League championship last year.

A native of Costa Rica, Miller played for the New...

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Saprissa defeats Portland Timbers, Arabe Unido knocks out Monterrey

Saprissa beat the Portland Timbers 4-2 in their Group B match of the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night.

Portland made a dream start to the game as Diego Valeri dribbled into the penalty area and snuck a quick-fire shot past Saprissa's Danny Carvajal in the fifth minute for an early 1-0 lead.

Timbers defender Jermaine Taylor cancelled out the opener in the 37th minute with an own goal to put the teams on level terms.

Ben Zemanski was whistled for a foul in the penalty area just before...

Kianz Froese sends the Vancouver Whitecaps past Olympia in the CCL

Vancouver Whitecaps' Nicolas Mezquida, left, takes on Olimpia's German Mejia.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Kianz Froese scored in the first half as the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Honduras' Olympia 1-0 on Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The 19-year-old Canadian midfielder poked a shot home in the 42nd minute that goalkeeper Noel Valladeres could only get a piece of before it looped up and over a helpless defender.

The Whitecaps moved level with the Seattle Sounders atop Group F ahead of their showdown next week.

Meanwhile in Nicaragua, Liga MX side Club America...