Omar Salgado

Omar Salgado (born September 10, 1993) is an American soccer player who plays for El Paso Locomotive.

Omar Salgado
Salgado in 2011
Personal information
Full name Omar Salgado
Date of birth (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993
Place of birth El Paso, Texas, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
El Paso Locomotive
Number 9
Youth career
2008–2010 Guadalajara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 26 (1)
2014Charleston Battery (loan) 5 (2)
2015–2018 Tigres UANL 0 (0)
2015Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 1 (0)
2016Jaguares de Córdoba (loan) 5 (0)
2018– El Paso Locomotive 34 (3)
2018Las Vegas Lights (loan) 14 (3)
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 October 25, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 16, 2014



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. Salgado fractured his foot again in 2013, missing the entire 2013 MLS Season.[7] In the early part of the 2014 season Salgado had a successful loan period with USL club Charleston Battery before being recalled to the Whitecaps first team.

On December 8, 2014, Vancouver traded Salgado to New York City FC on the condition that Vancouver and New York both share the fee of a future transfer of Salgado to an international club, avoiding the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft in the process.[8] Just three weeks later Salgado was purchased by Tigres UANL of Liga MX.[9]

He was loaned to the Tampa Bay Rowdies for a spell in 2015.[10]

In March, 2016 he signed with Colombian side Jaguares de Córdoba.[11]

In June, 2018, he signed with El Paso Locomotive FC, a USL Championship expansion team and was subsequently loaned to Las Vegas Lights FC for the remainder of the 2018 season. He returned to El Paso for the 2019 season.


After previously representing Mexico at the Under-17 and Under-20 level Salgado joined the United States Under-20 national team in 2010.[12] His first success with the United States came when he helped the Under-20 team capture the 2010 Milk Cup.[13]

Salgado was called up again for the 2011 Milk Cup as part of the United States U-18 in July 2011.[14]

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.[15]

Personal life

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.[15]


United States


  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. "US starlet trains with Toffees". 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). January 7, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  5. "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"". Major League Soccer. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  8. "Vancouver Whitecaps trade Omar Salgado to New York City FC, with move to international club pending". Major League Soccer. December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  9. "American Exports: Tigres announce signing of former Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado".
  10. "Rowdies Remove Salgado and Agbossoumonde From Roster". Tampa Bay Rowdies. Archived from the original on October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  11. "Jaguares de Córdoba".
  12. "Salgado Making His Move". U.S. Soccer. July 29, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  13. "El Paso Soccer Phenom Helps US Soccer Team Win Big Tournament". August 2, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  14. ".:: Yanks Abroad ::". Yanks Abroad.
  15. "Omar Salgado". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
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