Keepin’ it Real has learned that Real Salt Lake’s new striker is Olmes Garcia from Deportivo Quindio. He reached agreement with the club a couple of weeks ago, but has been undergoing finalization of visa issues and as a result we were asked not to mention the deal.
GM Garth Lagerwey described him as very athletic, talented, and a player that could help the squad for a long time to come, however, he warned that the youngster “may take longer to adjust than older players”.
KIR has heard many positive reviews of Garcia. He has alot of physical attributes that make him a good candidate for success in the physical Major League Soccer environment. He’s also known to be quite technical, and likes to take on defenders. One person familiar with him described him as a “magician with the ball”.
Garcia did start professionally in 36 matches for Quindio, one of the smaller clubs in the Colombian Liga Postobon. Overall he had 7 goals in 46 starts with the club, but he never fully made his mark with the team – not surprising for a 20-year old.
According to the club via their twitter account, he has arrived in Arizona and will train with the club tomorrow pending physical.
Our understanding is that the club has purchased the rights to Garcia, although the terms of that acquisition aren’t known at this time.
KIR has been on the trail of identifying the striker over the last couple of months, and last week Lagerwey indicated that Keepin’ It Real had “identified some guys that we looked at – some guys the money wasn’t right, and other guys that weren’t available because the clubs didn’t want to move them. We looked at a bunch of players, and we ended up with a kid that we think is really talented, but I think will take a little bit longer to adjust than some of the older players.”
You may have seen Garcia before as we included his picture on this post about why RSL was looking in Colombia for talent.