Rodolfo Zelaya, a forward from El Salvador and one of the standout players from the early rounds of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, could soon be coming to MLS. According to a report from Univision, Zelaya and his current club, Alianza FC of San Salvador, are in negotiations with MLS, but talks seem to have stalled due to monetary differences.
Zelaya has a total of 27 goals in the past two seasons with Alianza (if his Wikipedia page is to be trusted). He's scored 11 total international goals, including four goals in the 2011 Gold Cup, tied for second-most in the Tournament, and another four goals in 12 matches during 2010 World Cup Qualifying.
If Zelaya does come to terms with MLS, D.C. United might be an attractive destination for multiple reasons. As we've already discussed this week, the team has a need for another attacking winger, which is a role that Zelaya could fit. He could also be a backup / understudy / eventual replacement for Josh Wolff as a withdrawn forward.
And if you happened to attend the Gold Cup Quarterfinals at RFK Stadium last month, then you know that there is an incredibly strong Salvadoran support base in D.C.
Big D Soccer thinks that FC Dallas is likely to be one of the teams in play for the 22-year old Salvadoran, and Zelaya's name has also been attached to the Houston Dynamo, but its also entirely possible that United will go after him as well.