Real Salt Lake trades Alvaro Saborio to D.C. United for Luis Silva

MLS clubs Real Salt Lake and D.C. United have reached a trade agreement. Real Salt Lake will give Alvaro Saborio to United, and in return, Real Salt Lake will receive Luis Silva.

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SALT LAKE CITY –

Real Salt Lake has traded forward Alvaro Saborio to D.C. United for midfielder Luis Silva.

Saborino leaves as RSL’s all-time leading scorer with 63 MLS goals and 79 in all matches. The 33-year-old is the second-leading scorer in the league since 2010.

Real Salt Lake technical director Craig Waibel said Thursday the "time has come for us to evolve as a club and this trade is a great opportunity to add a talented player."

The 26-year-old Silva was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC. He had five goals and five assists as a rookie and was traded to the D.C. United during the 2013 season.

Silva scored a career-high 11 goals in 2014.