Real Salt Lake passed in today’s MLS Re-Entry Draft, but one of RSL’s three available players was selected: Olmes Garcia, by San Jose Earthquakes.
Garcia, 24, played with Real Salt Lake for four years, scoring 11 goals and notching six assists over 104 matches, 44 of which were starts.
Signed while Jason Kreis was over the club in 2013, Garcia started well, with his first season being his most productive. He scored five goals and had four assists that year. He was originally brought in as a player for Kreis to shape and coach, and all seemed to be going well in that regard — but the following three years saw his productivity wane under new coach Jeff Cassar despite earning more minutes.
San Jose Earthquakes are getting a player whose stock might be higher than his productivity would seem to indicate — a striker that’s scored every fourth start or so (and every tenth appearance) doesn’t exactly stand out. But with his physical abilities — speed, leaping, whatnot — and a certain desire for craftiness on the ball, he could find success at a new club.