Omar Salgado Now Training With TimbersBy: mao | August 19th, 2010
Omar Salgado, the much ballyhooed American U-20 footballer, has begun training with Portland Timbers after the paperwork for his transfer to Vancouver Whitecaps fell through yesterday afternoon. Salgado has been training with the reserve team at Chivas in Guadalajara for two years, but the 16-year old decided to register with Major League Soccer and join the American league via the SuperDraft. The story was that Salgado was loaned from MLS to Vancouver yesterday, but due to international movement restrictions for U-18 players, he was unable to move to a Canadian club, even in the second division. Because his parents recently moved to the United States, transfer to an American club below MLS is a viable option, and the Timbers are the first to bring him in on trial.
Whether or not the superstar youngster will actually play for Portland this season, let alone in MLS, is completely unknown at the moment. With controversy and intrigue surrounding his every move, the likelihood that any simple transfer or loan could take place is very low. But bringing in such a big name player, particularly at the same time as John Rooney, does nothing but bolster the wider image of the Portland Timbers. The more immediate question though revolves around Vancouver’s pending decision regarding which draft they would prefer to have top pick, Expansion or SuperDraft. Their move for Salgado was widely seen as a lengthy trial ahead of an inevitable drafting of the teenager. Now will the Whitecaps be as certain to make such a move, or will this deter them from taking the top choice in the SuperDraft and instead focusing on the Expansion draft? The Timbers’ future in each draft is reliant upon what Vancouver chooses.