Courtesy of Vancouver Whitecaps

Five Questions With: US U-20 Omar Salgado

Although he turned 17 in September, Omar Salgado is alreadya regular on Thomas Rongen's US Under-20 team. He earned two caps during the squad'srecent second-place finish in the Torneo de las Americas, playing the entire 90minutes in a 1-1 draw with Mexico on Sunday.

The El Paso, Texas-born striker played on El Tri's youth sidebefore choosing the US this past summer and projects as a high pick in the 2011MLS SuperDraft. caught up with Salgado and got his thoughts onthe Milk Cup, his growth as a player, and the future.

1) What's your most memorable UnitedStates national team moment?

The Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. The championship over there was a reallymemorable moment. The whole thing was a great tournament, but winning it madeit better. My favorite individual memory was scoring against China in my firstgame in a United States uniform.

2) What would you tell yourself of fiveyears ago?

I would tell myself to never give up on anything. You can accomplish yourdreams.

3) Who is your favorite teammate to playwith? Why?

I was training with D.C. United recently and I enjoyed playing with Andy Najar.And with [U-20 teammate] Conor Shanosky. It's fun to play with guys my age on aprofessional team. I like playing with everyone on the U-20 team. We get alongreally well.

4) What's one skill you could improve?

I need to work on my right foot. I'm left-footed and I've always worked on myleft foot. I need to work on my right a lot more. I'm also trying to getstronger in the air.

5) Where will you be in five years?

Hopefully, I'll be playing on a big team in Europe. You know, doing the rightthings, scoring goals.

Noah Davis covers the United Statesnational team for Follow him on Twitter at

Think you know the game? Test your powers of prediction with's new fantasy game, Pro Soccer Picks. Play NOW!