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10 things you (probably) didn't know about Carlos Salcedo

12 July 7:42 am

10 things you (probably) didn't know about Carlos Salcedo

By Sam Stejskal

As told to Sam Stejskal

  1. I come from a family of soccer players. My Dad played for Atlas in Mexico before a knee injury ended his career. My great-grandfather played for Chivas Guadalajara, and they won like six titles in a row while he was there.  My Dad’s uncle, Hugo Salcedo, actually played for the U.S. at the 1972 Olympic Games. Editor’s Note: Jorge Salcedo – Hugo Salcedo’s son and Carlos’s first-cousin, once removed – played in MLS from 1996-2000, earned three caps with the U.S. national team and is the current head coach at UCLA. Jorge Salcedo coached current RSL defender Tony Beltran at UCLA in 2006 and 2007.
  2. When I was younger, I played for Chivas [Guadalajara’s] academy. I spent two years there, but eventually moved to Tigres’s youth team when [current Chivas Sporting Director] Dennis Te Kloese moved from Chivas to Tigres. I was at Tigres for almost three years. While I was there, we went to Dallas Cup, and that’s where [RSL-Arizona Academy Director of Soccer] Martin Vasquez scouted me and invited me to come see RSL. At that time, I didn’t have a contract, and didn’t want to re-sign with Tigres, so then I decided to go to the RSL-Arizona Academy and try something new. 
  3. My Dad and Martin have actually known each other for a long time. They got to know each other at Atlas; when my Dad retired, Martin was just getting to the team.  When I got here, that’s when my Dad said that he knew a coach at RSL.
  4. I was at the RSL-Arizona Academy for about eight months.  The academy was good.  Basically, you wake up, go to school, and after that you have everything you need to become a soccer player. You have daily practices, weight-lifting, you have such a great coaching staff – it’s pretty big-time.
  5. After I graduated from the Academy last summer, I had offers from three Mexican teams – one of them was Santos Laguna. But I spoke with my Dad and my agent, and I didn’t want to go down to the same atmosphere down in Mexico. I wanted to try something else here in MLS, so I came here last July and began practicing with the team.
  6. Coach Jason [Kreis] believed in me, and I think that was a big step for me to take this chance – if the coach believes in you, that’s a good point for you.  That’s what made me come here.  [General Manager] Garth Lagerwey also was here to talk to me, and I think that was good for me. But what really was huge was already practicing with the team for six months and playing in Reserve games last year.
  7. My life changed a lot this year, because I’ve been getting playing time with the first-team.  At the beginning of the preseason, they were telling me that I would be playing on the Reserve team, but when RSL first told me that I’d be playing, I was excited that I got the opportunity.  I’d like to thank Garth, Bill, all those guys that helped me to become a better soccer player, and made my dream come true.
  8. I think I’ve been getting more and more experience each game I’m playing, and I think it’s a hard league.  It’s going to help me get to the next step; to my next goal, which is going to Europe.  I think MLS is a good league for defenders, because you get to play against hungry, big-time players like Keane, Henry, Martins and others that have already made a career [in Europe].  You see really good young players, too. 
  9. [RSL goalkeeper] Lalo Fernandez and I used to be roommates, but I moved out like a month ago.  It was a good experience, but now I think that we’ve decided to go separate ways, and that’s good at the end of the day.  We’re still good friends – he’s one of my best friends – and nothing has changed.  It was a good experience to live with another player, hanging out with him every day.  Right now I live with a family that I met over here last year.  They’re from Colombia, and I like it a lot to live with them.  They’re such a good family, and they’re supportive of me.
  10. I love Utah.  I like that everything is super-chill.  For me, I’m not the type of player who likes to go out in crazy cities and all those things.  I love living here, and I want to live here after I retire.