In a strange shift from our usual not-winning-player-of-the-week-awards trend, Olmes Garcia has been named just that. And by that, I mean he won player of the week.
Steve Davis at Pro Soccer Talk of NBC Sports talks about Olmes in glowing terms, and Soccer By Ives (in a brief article not at all by Ives) names the brace-scorer their player of the week and even drops in a little thing about how he can't drink, because, you know, that's actually important or something. (Cough.)
Ridge Mahoney at Soccer America named him one of the best things of the week — and I'm assuming that means of all things soccer and non-soccer-related — and it's hard to disagree.
And while we're at it, here's this from the Deseret News by Brad Rock. If you can make it past the fawning over David Beckham and the Galaxy and the declaration of Olmes as an absolute star (and the overlooking of what Ned Grabavoy has done over his career, but that's another story), there's a point in there, I think. I'm not really sure. You tell me.
We'll round it out with some audio from Salt Lake Tribune RSL reporter Aaron Falk on KFAN — that starts around 9:30 here, and he talks about some other stuff, too. Unsurprisingly, he also loves Olmes.
At any rate, we don't win these often. The last Real Salt Lake player to win Player of the Week was Alvaro Saborio in the middle of 2012, and before that, it was Jean Alexandre in 2011, and before even that startling pick, it was Javier Morales in week 20 of 2010, a year in which we won a few because, really, we were pretty amazingly great.
It's a funny world, isn't it?.