Salgado’s Loan To Vancouver Falls Through, Striker May Go To Portland

Salgado’s Loan To Vancouver Falls Through, Striker May Go To Portland

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 19, 2010
  • Omar Salgado

The proposed loan move by the Vancouver Whitecaps for US Under-20 forward Omar Salgado has fallen through due to technicalities with the player’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC), this according to the MLS website this morning.

Salgado could end up going to Portland in the meantime until his ITC situation is resolved.

Salgado’s ITC situation hit a snag after the player left Mexico to sign with MLS a few weeks back. The league hoped to loan him out to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the rest of the season to keep the 16-year old in shape but due to technical issues surrounding his transfer the player wasn’t allowed to move to Canada.

According to the league and under FIFA rules, a player under the age of 18 who is registered in one country can transfer his registration to a different country only if his family moves to that country for non-sporting reasons. Salgado and his family recently relocated to the United States, thereby ruling out the possibility of registering in Canada.

Another issue could take place if Vancouver (or even Toronto) selects Salgado in next year’s SuperDraft. Unless FIFA makes an exception given MLS’ unique standing as a league with clubs from two federations, the forward won’t be available to play with either Canadian side until he turns 18.

In the meantime it looks like he is headed to Portland to play for the rest of the year which could lead to the club taking him next January. For once this isn’t a weird MLS rule that is causing issues with the young player not getting the chance to play. Its a FIFA thing, rules that have been in place for a long time. Its possible that he could get that exception should Vancouver take him in January’s draft but this could be a snag in the Whitecaps plan to have him on their team next year.

Or its possible he could be drafted elsewhere. Time will tell on this situation.

  • Ben Blanding

    I can’t beleive no one thought about this rule before he was loaned out to Vancouver.