Acquired by Real Salt Lake on Feb. 21, 2013 on a transfer from Colombian club Deportes Quindio, MLS newcomer Olmes Garcia enjoyed a successful first year with the Claret-and-Cobalt. Despite having to adjust to a new country, team, language, culture and tactics, the 21-year-old fit right in with the club and made an impact off the bench, notching five goals and four assists in 24 league games played – eight of which were starts. All of the Colombian’s goals were scored in substitute appearances.
Garcia scored his first career MLS goal, a stunning curler from outside the box, against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on April 13, 2013. The young forward also notched a brace last year against the LA Galaxy on June 8, 2013, scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes to ensure a 3-1 RSL victory. Garcia’s strong season earned him a spot on MLSsoccer.com’s 24-under-24 list, with the speedy striker coming in at 19th in the annual rankings.
Look for Garcia to continue to be an impact player in the 2014 season, as he’ll look to use his speed, skill and strength to carve out a full-time starting role for RSL.
RSL: Signed by Real Salt Lake on a transfer from Colombian club Deportes Quindio on Feb. 21, 2013
Deportes Quindio (Colombian 1st Division): Signed with Quindio’s first team in January 2011
2014: Garcia had three goals in his second season with Real Salt Lake. His season was highlighted by a two-goal performance in a substitute role on July 24 to power RSL to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact. Of his 23 appearances, 12 were in a starting role and he surpassed his 2013 total with 1,191 minutes played. Of his eight career goals, all have come off the bench.
2013: Played in 24 games – eight of which were starts – for the Claret-and-Cobalt in the regular season … Scored five goals and registered four assists … Finished in the top-five for RSL with five goals (tied for fourth), four assists (fifth), 15 shots on goal (fifth) … Scored his first goal for Real Salt Lake on April 13 in RSL’s 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC … Provided an assist on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Chivas USA on April 20 … Scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute in a 2-1 win over New England Revolution on May 8 … Notched a late brace as a sub in RSL’s 3-1 win over LA Galaxy on June 8 … Registered an assist on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Toronto FC on June 29 … Scored in RSL’s historic 3-0 win over FC Dallas on July 13 … Recorded an assist on Alvaro Saborio’s second goal in a 4-3 loss to New York Red Bulls on July 27 … Provided an assist on the second goal in RSL’s 4-0 rout of Columbus Crew on Aug. 24 … Provided an assist in RSL’s 3-0 win over Carolina RailHawks on June 26 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup … Featured in two playoff matches playing a total of 49 minutes – did not record any goals or assists
2012: Made 33 appearances, including 26 starts, across the 2012 Apertura and Clausura tournaments, both career highs … Set a career high for goals, scoring five in league play for Deportes Quindio
2011: Signed his first-ever professional contract with Deportes Quindio ahead of the 2011 Apertura … Made 14 appearances and 10 starts across 2011… Scored two goals for Deportes Quindio in his first full season as a professional
Full name is Olmes Fernando Garcia Florez ... Born in Barranquilla, Colombia … Grew up in the city of Istmina in the Chocó region of Colombia