The Tampa Bay Rowdies have announced that they added forward Omar Salgado on loan from Mexico’s Tigres UANL for the remainder of the 2015 North American Soccer League season. The move is pending ITC clearance, contract details were not disclosed.
Salgado, who turns 22 in a little over a month, provides the Rowdies with another direct scoring threat. According to the team’s press release, the 6-foot-4 forward is best deployed as a center forward.
“I’m delighted to have a young talent like Omar join the Rowdies,” said Head Coach Thomas Rongen. “He’s a classic #9, who can also play in the #11 position, and he’ll add quality in the final third. I’m very familiar with him as a player, having coached him with the U-20’s and he’s someone who will work hard to bring success to this club.”
Despite being only 21-years-old, Salgado has made 19 appearances with the United States U-18s, U-20s and U-23s, while also adding nine caps with the Mexico U-17s and U-20s. He will reunited with Head Coach Thomas Rongen in Tampa Bay.
After playing in vaunted Chivas de Guadalajara youth system in Mexico as well as for Mexican youth national teams, Salgado was invited to join the U.S. Under-20 team in 2011.
He was drafted No. 1 overall as a 17-year old by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, where he made 26 appearances before being to New York City FC on December 8, 2014. Less than a month later, NYCFC sold Salgado to Mexican powerhouse Tigres UANL.