Reports surfaced in Ecuador Thursday indicating that Ecuador international striker/winger Franklin Salas will be joining Sporting Kansas City in 2011. Sporting Manager Peter Vermes addressed the rumors Thursday with the media, saying that the club is interested in Salas and is looking to bring him to Arizona for a trial.
Salas, 29, has spent most of his career with Ecuadorian powerhouse Liga de Quito, scoring 46 goals in 234 games for the club. Salas spent time with Serbian club Red Star Belgrade from 2007-2008, seeing limited first-team action. Salas starred for Liga de Quito from 2000-2007 and 2008-2010.
Salas has played 21 career games for the Ecuador national team, scoring two goals. He was voted as one of the 3 best players of Copa America 2004 along with Robinho and Carlos Tevez. Salas missed the 2006 FIFA World Cup due to a serious knee injury.
Appropriately for the team known formerly as the Wizards, his nickname is Mago, meaning wizard or magician.