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Real Salt Lake: Robbie Findley has tough decision

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 10 2010 11:27 p.m. MST

Forward Robbie Findley may have played his last game with MLS and Real Salt Lake.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Robbie Findley's late goal in Real Salt Lake's playoff ouster against FC Dallas might've been his last at Rio Tinto Stadium and in Major League Soccer.

The striker, whose contract with the league ends in January, has expressed interest in pursuing opportunities in Europe. He said he's also open to returning to Real Salt Lake, but at this point doesn't have a preference either way.

"Now that the season is over, I'll spend more time with my agent and sit down with (RSL) and try and figure out something," said Findley following his Tuesday exit physical.

Findley said he had a productive meeting with RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey and the entire coaching staff on Monday. They'll meet again next Monday as the technical staff chats one-on-one with all the players for the last time this season.

Findley doesn't want to rush into a decision he may regret.

"A lot of things come into play when making a decision. It's one that's very important to me and my career the next few years, so I'm not going to rush into anything," he said.

Findley admits that when he returned from the World Cup this summer, all the talk about him leaving Real Salt Lake at the end of the season took a toll. He never had intentions of leaving midseason, but he admits it was a distraction and it took him several months to settle down and relax.

RSL coach Jason Kreis believes it's in Findley's best interest to stay in MLS.

"I think he should stay here, but he gets to make his own decisions and I'm not sure which way he's going to go, I honestly don't," he said.

ANOTHER HONOR: A week after Jamison Olave was named the MLS Defender of the Year, teammate Alvaro Saborio was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year.

In his first year with Real Salt Lake, Saborio scored 18 total goals in 32 matches between league play and the CONCACAF Champions League.

"I'm happy because it's for all the team," said the Costa Rica native. "We have defender of the year, and we have many things to celebrate."

Saborio's loan from his club in Switzerland expires at the end of the year, but he's expressed interest in remaining with Real Salt Lake. Whether or not he stays depends on whether RSL and Sion can reach a buyout agreement or a new loan deal.

Saborio was plagued by knee and groin injuries in the final weeks of the season, and he's going in for minor surgery today on his knee.

CCL DATES ANNOUNCED: CONCACAF announced the dates for the Champions League quarterfinals next year.

The first leg of Real Salt Lake's home-and-home series with Columbus will begin in Ohio on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. The return leg at Rio Tinto Stadium is slated for Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m.

The winner advances to the semifinals and will face the winner of the Saprissa (Costa Rica) vs. Olimpia (Honduras) quarterfinal series.

Both games will be broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel.

e-mail: jedward@desnews.com

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