Photo: Omar Salgado
During Thursday’s Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft, Omar Salgado only had to wait a matter of seconds before being picked up by an MLS team.
The 17-year-old U.S. Under-20 Team forward became the draft’s No. 1 pick when Vancouver’s Whitecaps FC chose him in the first round.
Salgado passed up a promising future with Guadalajara Chivas for the chance to play for an MLS team, because the El Pasoan says he’s always considered himself an American though he played in Mexico’s Chivas youth system from 2008-10 and played for Mexico’s under-17 and under-20 teams.
After the pick, ESPN commentator said Salgado “definitely has potential.”
Analyst John Harkes added, “This is a good player, a young player. He’s got a lot of learning to do.”
Salgado was the only player under the age of 19 to be selected in the first five picks.
After the draft, wearing his new Whitecaps jersey, Salgado was asked how it felt to be the surprise No. 1 draft pick:
“… The moment I got picked… I didn’t know anything. I was really surprised, really surprised.”
He added, “This is awesome, the best. I never imagined it. It’s amazing.”