EL PASO, Texas – Officials with El Paso USL announced on Wednesday that the 2019 USL expansion club had signed Omar Salgado as it first player in the history of the newly-launched club, owned by MountainStar Sports Group (MSSG).
“We are thrilled for Omar to join the team and be the first ever El Paso USL player,” said El Paso USL General Manager Andrew Forrest. “He is a terrific young man who I believe will be a tremendous asset both on the field and in the community – the community he grew up in – and he is excited to return to as a professional soccer player.”
Salgado comes to El Paso USL with an impressive background, having played for both the United States U20 and U23 National Teams, and in both Major League Soccer and Liga MX. Previously the No. 1 selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Salgado has also spent time training with multiple English Premier League clubs.
The terms of Salgado’s contract with El Paso USL include his being loaned to Las Vegas Lights FC for the remainder of the 2018 season. The signing and loan are pending league and federation approval.
“We are proud to welcome Omar home as the very first player of the very first El Paso USL team,” said Josh Hunt, Chairman and CEO of MountainStar Sports Group. “This is El Paso’s team and nothing symbolizes that more than bringing a true El Pasoan on board as our first signing.”
“This was a remarkable opportunity for us to sign a world-class player with international experience whose roots are firmly planted in El Paso. Omar is a wonderful person who will represent El Paso well both on and off the pitch,” said Alan Ledford, President of MountainStar Sports Group. “We are happy to welcome him home.”