Real Salt Lake’s new striker, Olmes Garcia, isn’t a household name – neither here nor in Colombia. He also hasn’t established himself as a star in the professional ranks. However, there are some reasons to be optimistic:
Reason #1: He has background in a similar system to RSL’s. Quindio plays a 4-1-2-1-2, and so he’s used to playing off of a #9 and with a true #10. So in theory he’s well qualified to play off Saborio as a second forward. This may sound like a minor point, but very few players in the league have had that kind of experience.
Reason #2: He’s physically gifted. He’s reasonably fast (although maybe not Plata, Findley fast). He’s also fairly strong which may is something that may separate him from both Findley and Plata.
Reason #3: He’s known as a fairly technical player, who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. This again fits in well with RSL’s system. Here are some thoughts from a fan of Colombian soccer who is familiar with the player:
“Yes I know him. He is young, 20 years old, an average league player, until now at least. He has speed and good dribbling, but if you look for a scorer or a “9″, he is not the man for you. Since he’s young, I believe that he can improve more, but he even isn’t a regular starting XI in a small club like Quindio.”
“He is only 20-21 years old, so he surely can progress very well. He does have talent. He plays more as a second striker, at least in Quindio.”
However, he’s young, hasn’t ever played outside of Colombia and speaks no English. There will undoubtedly be an adjustment period. And arriving 3 weeks prior to the start of the season is less than ideal.
What do you think? Is this a good acquisition for RSL? Are you looking forward to seeing him play?