Homecoming. A return to roots. Whatever you may call it, Omar Salgado is headed back to El Paso; his mission? Win. The first game may be in 2019, but the buildup and process began long ago. Our first signed player was born on September 10th, 1993 in the Sun City and holds deep pride of being an integral piece in the attack to come. Omar’s deep love and passion for the sport saw him be the first pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, sending him to Vancouver. With stints at various clubs across the continent, Omar is geared and focused on the task ahead in 2019. “Coming home and playing in front of my friends and family means the world to me.” Since his days with the Whitecaps, Omar has done quite a bit of playing across not only the continent but the globe; spending stints of his training with two English Premier Clubs and time with Tigres.
His time on loan with Las Vegas has seen Omar score three goals in 10 appearances. He is hungry for what 2019 has in store for El Paso. “I want them [the fans] to know that we are going to be competitive and work extremely hard when we all get together on the field. We are going to accomplish something special in the first year.” Being in communication with Head Coach Mark Lowry, but not yet playing underneath him, Omar knows what to expect when the team hits the pitch for the first time shortly. “I have talked to players that have played underneath him and against him and they all say great things. He likes to keep the ball in play and to attack. As a player, I can’t wait to work with him.”
Omar will join a continuously growing squad and is looking forward to linking up with teammates Derek Gebhard and Daniel Navarro. “We haven’t gotten to speak yet, but I have heard lots of fantastic things about both of them from other people, and El Paso should be excited for what we will do on the field.” With the end of Las Vegas Lights FC regular season, Omar will return to the Sun City in the upcoming weeks. Fans can expect to see Omar around town at events with El Paso Locomotive FC.