The Impact announced Tuesday morning that forward Michael Salazar was signed to a MLS contract, keeping him with the first team. Salazar, the Impact's second round selection of the 2016 MLS Superdraft, forced the front office hand into keeping him around, at least for the year.
His dominant and noticeable play during the teams preseason run, at the Sun Coast Invitational hosted by the Tampa Bay Rowdies, was enough to convince Mauro Biello and Adam Braz of his worth as a potential MLS player
Salazar's impressive frame, boasting a 5'11" height, and 165 pounds in weight, allows him to play a more physical style than many others at his position, something that suits the physical style of play the MLS is known for. Paired with his exceptional physical attributes, Salazar's game is known for a strong work ethic, and willingness to challenge for all opportunities.
The coaching staff hopes to see Salazar continue his impressive play from preseason, and Impact fans should keep their eye open for the big man, with the big hair.
Salazar, 23, is a native of Belize, before coming to the United States for his university playing career, where he attended California Baptist University, before transferring to UC Riverside (NCAA), notching 17 goals in his career.