Source: Salgado, 16, to enter MLS draft

Updated: July 26, 2010, 1:00 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle |

MLS has added its second foreign-based American inside of a week, capturing the signature of former Chivas Guadalajara youth player and current under-20 player Omar Salgado, according to a league source.

Unlike last week's addition of Sal Zizzo, Salgado has signed a Generation adidas contract and thus will not go into a weighted lottery.

Instead, the 16-year-old forward will be available to be selected in January's MLS SuperDraft. It was uncertain why Salgado will wait until next season to join the league.

Salgado, a forward from El Paso, Texas, was a highly touted prospect with Chivas until he chose to represent the U.S. at the U-20 level. This put Salgado at odds with the club's policy of fielding only players eligible to represent Mexico internationally.

At a recent U.S. U-20 training camp, Salgado was singled out for praise by manager Thomas Rongen, who included the forward on his roster for the Milk Cup, a youth tournament held in Northern Ireland.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPNsoccernet.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.