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2011 MLS Draft: Vancouver Whitecaps Pick Omar Salgado

The Vancouver Whitecaps shocked the MLS world with the first pick of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, selecting 17-year-old, left-footed forward Omar Salgado. The consensus among those following the draft was that one of two Akron teammates, Perry Kitchen or Darlington Nagbe, would be the top selection.

With this pick, Vancouver is obviously going with high upside over immediate impact. Salgado has a lot of room to fill out his 6-foot-4 frame, as he currently weighs just 170 pounds. He most recently was in the Chivas de Guadalajara youth system, but was jettisoned when he chose to represent the United States in international competition, rather than Mexico.