Two pieces of interesting player news in Major League Soccer today: Real Salt Lake makes Alvaro Saborio its first designated player and the Seattle Sounders locked up Fredy Montero by making him the team's third designated player.
Salt Lake signed Saborio to a four-year deal. No financial terms were reported but the deal likely makes Saborio the highest-paid player in team history, but with only the first $335,000 counting toward its salary budget.
Saborio, who was named MSL's 2010 Newcomer of the Year, led Real Salt Lake in scoring in both league play (12 goals) and during its appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League (6 goals).
Montero, 23, has been the Sounders' leading scorer each of their first two seasons. He was the 2009 MLS newcomer of the year and has totaled 22 goals and 17 assists in his two years, the third most in the league.
As part of his designated player tag, Montero's contract has been permanently transferred to the club and the MLS. He was originally signed on loan from Colombian club Deportivo Cali.