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Tigres announce acquisition of former Whitecaps forward Salgado


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After a whirlwind offseason, Omar Salgado has officially found his new home.

Tigres announced Monday that the club has acquired the former Vancouver Whitecaps forward. In addition, the club also announced the addition of fellow forward Rafael Sobis of Brazil’s Fluminese.

“It’s a great team with great players,” Salgado said of his new side. “We can achieve something very good next season.”

Salgado was the center of a busy offseason, as the 21-year-old American had to take a series of steps on his way to Mexico. With his transfer to Tigres in place, Salgado was traded by the Whitecaps to New York City FC for allocation money ahead of the expansion draft, allowing the pair of clubs to split the transfer fee. As a result, NYC FC would not retain Salgado’s rights should the forward return to the league.

The 2011 MLS Draft No. 1 pick, who spent three weeks on trial with the club earlier this year, will now join a Tigres side that finished runners-up in the 2014 Liga MX Apertura. Salgado, who scored one goal in 29 appearances for the Whitecaps, will be registered as a domestic player due to his Mexican citizenship.

What do you think of Salgado’s move? How will he fit in with Tigres? See him earning minutes immediately?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Isn’t this the same guy that played for Chivas’ youth team and complained about how the coaching in Mexico isn’t as nurturing and friendly as it is in the US?

  2. I look forward to many reports detailing how great he looks in preseason followed by him never taking the field. Seriously, though, the kid is young enough to turn things around, but I’m not sure about a step up in quality when he can’t even get much of a sniff for Vancouver. I worry that he’s another one of these kids who always seems to be looking forward to his next club instead of putting his nose to the grindstone and earning playing time at his current setup.

    • That is unneccesarily harsh.

      He’s only 21 and he broke his foot in 2012 while with the US Under 20’s and then in 2013 he broke his foot again and missed the entire 2013 MLS season.

      So you are talking about a kid who hasn’t really played much or been healthy for the last few years.


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