Crews prepare the field for Real Salt Lake's match Wednesday night against New England Revolution, in which Olmes Garcia played 20 minutes or so. - Norm Hall
Colombian striker Olmes Garcia, 20, has officially signed a five-year contract with Real Salt Lake, the club announced in a press release today. The club paid an undisclosed transfer fee for Garcia to his former club, Deportes Quindio in Colombia's first division.
Garcia, who played about 20 minutes in last night's defeat of New England Revolution in the Desert Diamond Cup, joined up with the club late last week.
Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a press release that Garcia will require an adjustment period at the club.
"Garcia is a talented player who is a significant part of our long-term plan," Lagerwey said in the release. "He's fast, has good size and is skilled, but he'll need some time to get used to our system and to Utah. We'll be patient with him as we help him adjust to a new country, a new team, a new language, a new culture and new tactics."
Garcia, a Colombian citizen, could see further preseason minutes in the Desert Diamond Cup final, in which Real Salt Lake takes on Seattle Sounders.