KRIS LINDSAY - Friday, April 26, 2013
Olmes Garcia arrived to Real Salt Lake and MLS this season with goals. Three appearances and one start later Real Salt Lake fans are drooling at his speed, his vision, and his aptitude for the game.
The Colombian broke onto the scene quickly in a game against Vancouver where he was needed to replace former US international Robbie Findley, who left early with an injury. He immediately made an impact, scoring a beautiful curling strike from the top of the box that was a nominee for Goal of the Week from MLS.
The 20 year old brings his competitive spirit to a team that has struggled in their search for a healthy pair of forwards. With strikers Álvaro Saborío and Robbie Findley going down early in the season with injuries, Olmes has had to step up. Coach Jason Kreis is excited about what the youngster brings to the team, and gave Garcia the nod over Findley this past weekend. "We tried to be fair. After watching them both this week they both looked great, but Garcia had scored the goal, so he started."
Arriving from the Colombian First Division to the USA was a bit of an adjustment for the young star. "Utah is a beautiful place, however it is always cold this year, much colder than Colombia," the speedster joked. Fans of the Claret and Cobalt have yet to notice any sluggishness however, and his confidence has given them a sense of excitement.
"I want to score. God-willing, I want to help this team reach the final. This is a competitive league, and I have a lot of goals to accomplish here."
Garcia's personal aspirations lead to more than just conquering the MLS. "I want to be wearing a Colombia shirt one day. It's the dream of every player and I am no different."
While much of the excitement may be yet to come for Real Salt Lake fans, the journey has just begun for the young Colombian. If early fireworks are any sign of greatness, the forward is in for a successful future.