Pablo Salamanca

Pablo Salamanca, a forward from Bogota, Colombia, has signed to play next season for the Carroll College men's soccer team.

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Carroll College men's soccer coach Doug Mello has announced the signing of Pablo Salamanca to a Cascade Conference letter of intent.

Salamanca, a forward from Bogota, Colombia, brings a strong scoring background to pitch for the Saints. He led his league in scoring for the 2013, 2014, and 2016 seasons. He was also named the MVP of the Capital Tournament for 2015 and 16.

"Pablo will have an immediate impact on our program," Mello said. "His offensive skills will amaze our fans. Pablo is a cheeky goal poacher who will give us much-needed firepower for the 2017 fall campaign."

Salamanca played for the U20 semipro Colombian tournament in 2015 and 2016 for the Bogota's Select. He also participated in dozens of tournaments from 2009 to 2016, earning first place finishes over a dozen times and MVP honors on multiple occasions.

He has already enrolled at Carroll and began working with the team and participating in spring drills.

"He has played at an extremely high level in his native Columbia," Mello said. "It's a bonus to have him aboard for the spring season to get used to his new teammates and our style of play; 2017 is shaping up nicely."

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Salamanca also participated in track and field and swimming while growing up in Bogota. He has a soccer pedigree, his father, Pedro, played for a U20 professional team in Columbia.

Salamanca is the first South American player in Carroll men's soccer history.

The Saints are coming off of a 10-9-1 season, including an 8-5-0 mark in Cascade Conference play. Carroll also notched the first postseason win in school history when it won a shootout 6-5 over Southern Oregon in the Cascade Conference quarterfinals.

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