There’s nothing set in stone, obviously, but the Battery front office didn’t expect to learn anything about the three Vancouver players who left the team over the past week until today at the earliest. And Thursday came and went with no news.
That means Coach Mike Anhaeuser will be preparing for the Wilmington Hammerheads on Saturday night with the assumption that he won’t have defender Jackson Farmer or forwards Omar Salgado and Marlon Ramirez at his disposal.
Vancouver recalled Farmer and Ramirez on May 1, and brought back Salgado on Tuesday, flying him directly to Toronto for the first leg of the Whitecaps-v-TFC clash in the semi-finals of the Canadian Championship.
The 20-year-old forward– who is having one of the best weeks of his young career — entered the game in the 64th minute, put two shots on frame, and set up Kekuta Manneh for his late goal in the Whitecaps 1-2 loss. By all accounts Salgado looked great — certainly good enough to warrant an extended tryout for the forward spot left vacant by Designated Player Kenny Miller‘s sudden departure earlier this week. He also left Charleston on a high note, having just scored two goals with an assist for the Battery over the weekend, a haul that earned him a spot on the USL PRO Team of the Week.
Add in the recent injury to Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks and it’s hard to imagine Salgado returning to Charleston any time soon. Vancouver plays at Columbus on Saturday and then hosts Toronto in the return leg of the Canadian Championship.
“He looked sharp,” Caps coach Carl Robinson said of Salgado, a 20-year-old forward from El Paso, Texas. “He looks leaner. The reason I sent him down to Charleston was to get games.
“Obviously, the club and myself and (forward) Kenny (Miller) decided to part ways (on Sunday), and the reason I’ve done that is I have 100 per cent belief in these young players, and Omar’s one of them.
“I just think it was right to call him back because he’s got an opportunity now to put himself in the frame for first-team starts, and he’s done very well (Wednesday) when he came on.”
“I came in with a little confidence,” (Salgado) said of the Toronto game, confirming that his near-goal was, indeed, a cross and not a shot attempt.
“I enjoyed Charleston. I got five-six games in and that’s what I was looking for. There’s a lot of games coming up and hopefully we can beat Toronto and keep this competition going.”
Farmer was also with the first team on Wednesday, but didn’t make an appearance. If any one of the three is most likely to return to the Battery this season, it could be Farmer who had four appearances and three starts in six matches before being recalled.
Ramirez had just one appearance — a start at Rochester — for Charleston, and was only included in the 18 on two previous occasions.
TOP IMAGE: Vancouver teammates Mamadou Diouf and Omar Salgado in warm-ups before the season opener against Orlando. The two combined for the Battery’s goal in the 1-1 draw after entering the match as second-half substitutes. Dan Conover photo.