Is Salvador Cabañas the Best Striker in the Americas?

When one thinks of the world's greatest strikers, how often does the name Salvador Cabañas come up? Probably not very often. It should.

Salvador Cabañas is a master. His medium: chicken salad (if you know what I mean). He did it again yesterday. The Paraguayan striker scored America's first goal in their 2-2 draw vs. defending champion Toluca. And it was nothing less than spectacular.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqth1J8S6lU"]Cabañas at 1:30[/ame]

His double last week led America to a 2-1 victory over Santos Laguna in one of the toughest venues in Mexico.

Cabañas is the quintessential do-it-all striker. He shoots well with both feet, is an excellent header, and best of all, he makes things happen in the tightest of spaces. Just like he did yesterday in the Azteca.

He has been at the top of the scorer's table in the Mexican Primera as well as the Copa Libertadores. Twice. Amazingly, he has only received tepid interest from European Clubs. Even though, it is very doubtful that Club America would ever sell him. Not the way he has been playing.

Cabañas, along with his fellow Mexican clubbers, has Paraguay atop the table in South American World Cup qualfying. Barring some major calamity, they should qualify with plenty of games in hand. He is currently 2nd on the team with 3 goals scored.

Right now there is no one better. At least not in this hemisphere.