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Player Profiles, #20: Olmes Garcia continues to show potential but struggles to score in 2014

Olmes Garcia had a decent 2014 and has plenty of potential going forward, but he struggled sometimes in front of goal. He ranks 20th in our RSL Soapbox player rankings, and we're profiling him today.

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Olmes Garcia had a bit of a disappointing season. Garcia came into the season with fairly high expectations from fans having had a full year to acclimate to the U.S. culture as well the club.

He played nearly 200 more minutes in 2014 than in 2013, but ended with two goals and four assists fewer than he had last year. Garcia had plenty of opportunities with Alvaro Saborio and Robbie Findley both working their way back from injuries, and he paired well with his friend and partnering striker, Joao Plata. Their chemistry was strong throughout the season, but Olmes was unable to convert chances into goals in more than two games.

Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey stated in the middle of the season that he foresees Olmes Garcia as a player similar to FC Dallas' Fabian Castillo in a couple years. It was likely the case all along that RSL understood Garcia to be a longer-term project, as they signed him to a five-year contract.

It is clear that Garcia is athletically gifted and has flashes of brilliance. The next step in his progression will be to channel his athleticism and find ways to consistently contribute. With a bit of patience, he could very well be a special player in MLS.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of player profiles recapping the 2014 season and previewing the 2015 season. Player ratings were compiled via a vote by RSL Soapbox writers. Statistics are via