El Salvador's Zelaya hoping for MLS move

The Salvadoran forward earned plaudits for his play in the Gold Cup and is hoping for a move to MLS from Alianza FC in his native land.
BALTIMORE -- El Salvador forward Rodolfo Zelaya enjoyed plenty of success playing on U.S. soil over the last few weeks, and he may very well wind up with ample opportunities to add to that in the near future.

Following El Salvador's 5-1 loss to the United States in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Sunday, the 25-year-old Zelaya expressed his intent to come to MLS and leave his longtime club in his homeland, Alianza FC.

"I would love to come and play in MLS, I already talked with my club president and my agent," Zelaya said. "We will talk again this week. My idea is to play abroad, Alianza will wait until the last minute to see if I can finish a deal with some team. If I can't have an opportunity in another country I will finish my contract with Alianza."

Zelaya's contract has six more months to run, so if he does not join MLS during the summer transfer window, he could wind up being a free agent target come the offseason.

With four goals in the Gold Cup -- including a penalty kick that he earned and converted on a Panenka -- Zelaya is the competition's third-leading scorer. Only the USA's Chris Wondolowski and Panama's Gabriel Torres have more goals, with each player netting five times.