Omar Salgado

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Omar Salgado
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Personal information
Full name Omar Salgado
Date of birth (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth El Paso, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 17
Youth career
2008–2010 Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 26 (1)
2014 Charleston Battery (loan) 5 (2)
National team
Mexico U17 5 (7)
Mexico U20 4 (2)
2011 United States U18 3 (1)
2010–2011 United States U20 14 (1)
2011– United States U23 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 30, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 16, 2014

Omar Salgado (born September 10, 1993) is an American soccer player who plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Salgado began his career at the youth ranks of top Mexican club Guadalajara. Before that, he played for the El Paso Texas Fire Soccer club and attended Cathedral High School [1] He courted controversy when he left the Mexican club side to pursue a career with the United States U-20 national team.[2] He had previously represented Mexico at U-20[3] and U-17 level.[4]

Salgado signed with Major League Soccer shortly after leaving Chivas and was made eligible for the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. In the meantime, he trained with the Vancouver Whitecaps,[5] Portland Timbers[5] and Everton.[2] He was chosen first overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver, and made his professional debut on April 10, 2011 in a game against Houston Dynamo. He scored his first professional goal in his full debut for the Whitecaps on April 30, 2011 against the Columbus Crew.

In September 2011, Salgado received a Spanish passport (by way of a Spanish grandfather), clearing the way for a potential move to Europe.[6]

In June 2012, Salgado fractured his foot while on international duty with the United States U-20 national team in a game against Uruguay. Salago fractured his foot again in 2013, missing the entire 2013 MLS Season.[7]

International[edit]

After previously representing Mexico at the Under-17 and Under-20 level Salgado joined the United States Under-20 national team in 2010.[8] His first success with the United States came when he helped the Under-20 team capture the 2010 Milk Cup.[9]

Salgado was called up again for the 2011 Milk Cup as part of the United States U-18 in July 2011.[10]

Salgado trained with two different English Premier League teams in his early years as a professional. During the 2011-12 season, he had a training stint with Fulham FC. He had also trained with Everton FC during the 2010-11 season.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Salgado is a dual American and Mexican citizen. The striker was born to an American mother named Annalu and a Mexican father with Spanish heritage named Eduardo. He has two younger siblings named Natalia and Dante.[11]

Honors[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloomquist, Bret (January 13, 2011). "Update: El Pasoan Omar Salgado No. 1 pick in MLS draft". El Paso Times. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "US starlet trains with Toffees". SkySports.com. September 29, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gauchos Defeat Mexico U-20 Team in Thrilling Shootout". UC Santa Barbara. February 23, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tercera goleada en contra al hilo dejan fuera a la "Rojita" de torneo Sub 17" (in Spanish). emol.com. January 7, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Omar Salgado Now Training With Timbers". TheOffside. August 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ Galarcep, Ives (September 20, 2011), Spanish passport paving Salgado's path, Fox Soccer, retrieved September 23, 2011 
  7. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps' Omar Salgado, No. 1 pick in 2011 SuperDraft, eager to "concentrate on football"". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Salgado Making His Move". USsoccer.com. July 29, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "El Paso Soccer Phenom Helps US Soccer Team Win Big Tournament". Kvia.com. August 2, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ http://yanks-abroad.com/get.php?mode=content&id=7972
  11. ^ a b Omar Salgado. "Omar Salgado | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 

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