MLS- Vancouver Whitecaps

In Reserve: Salgado's goal enough for Vancouver, Chicago tops Salt Lake


Photo by Michael Janosz/ISIphotos.com

The Vancouver Whitecaps' two 2011 first-round draft picks connected for an early goal, leading the club to a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS Reserve League play on Tuesday.

Michael Nanchoff chipped over the defense toward Omar Salgado, who finished with a left-footed shot from the top of the box in the 11th minute for the only tally of the match.

The goal was Salgado's fourth in the Reserve League for Vancouver (2-4-2), which puts him in a tie with three other players for second-most behind Chicago's Cristian Nazarit, who has five goals.

Among the starters for San Jose (3-3-1) were Bobby Convey and Simon Dawkins, who each played the first half.

Highlights from the match and another Reserve League result are after the jump:


Nazarit and Diego Chaves each scored in the opening 25 minutes to lift the Chicago Fire to a win over Real Salt Lake.

Nazarit unloaded on a shot from the top of the area to open the scoring in the 14th minute before Chaves tallied on a penalty kick to close the scoring 11 minutes later for the Fire (5-1-1), who are in first place in the Reserve League's Central Division.

Real Salt Lake (2-5-0) had five players issued cautions while Chicago had four in a card-laden match.


What do you think of the latest reserve results? Wish Salgado got more time with the first team? Think Nazarit deserves more first-team minutes?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Be Serious

    What a terrible first overall pick. They reached in a massive way. That kid will never be a big deal.


  • Vic

    Its great news that MLS returned this year with a reserve league. In Europe, teams have youth teams that go up to U-23. The next level is the reserves and the top level is the first team. Most top 17 year olds in Europe are on the U-18, U-23 or in the reserves. No need to rush players and throw them to the wolves. Let them develop gradually and build confidence.


  • Rory McLean

    Actually the system varies greatly in Europe. In England the system is much like you say, but in Germany and Spain it is quite different as the reserves or U-23 play in the football pyramid a couple levels below. The English reserves play in their own league outside the pyramid. Some countries don’t have as developed reserve systems at all.


  • ACS

    Stu played 65 minutes and won 6-5 from his twitter:
    “Another 65 minutes 2nite in torrential rain ! Getting there step by step, thx 4 all the USA flags there tonight! Knee felt good again !”


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