Should Omar Salgado be traded?
By Jon Szekeres
The Vancouver Province newspaper reported earlier this week that young Vancouver Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado could soon be on the move. It may come as a shock to most Whitecaps supporters considering that he was the first overall pick by the club just two seasons ago. He's obviously got great upside and potential and could very well be a future stud for a team that has had trouble scoring goals in the MLS.
That being said, I think you have to explore this deal. Let's face it; despite their scoring woes, the Whitecaps have a logjam at the striker position. Head Coach Martin Rennie likes to run either a one or two striker lineup, and the Whitecaps will fill that with Darren Mattocks, and then either Camilo, Kenny Miller, and then potentially Paulo Jr, Kekutah Manneh, or Erik Hurtado. That's a lot of bodies competing for two potential slots, especially when you have established guys like Camilo and Miller as apart of that competition.
Perhaps Bob Lenarduzzi confirmed these suspicions when he picked two offensive players in the recent SuperDraft. Think about it; if he had full confidence that Salgado would be here for the future, why on Earth would he select two young offensive players? If he was confident that Salgado would ride shotgun this year, then wouldn't he have filled in his backline, or beefed up his midfield?
Clearly, Salgado is expendable at this point anyways. He's had injury problems, and Darren Mattocks has essentially taken away the 'Caps need for a 'striker of the future.' You could argue that Manneh has done that as well, if his unreal amateur stats can carry over to the MLS.
The rumor has Salgado going to Chivas USA. Who knows? In an off-season filled with seemingly endless roster rumors, this one might actually hold water.