Three months ago tomorrow, Omar Holness suffered a seizure while playing for Real Monarchs in what can only be described as a terrifying moment in the history of Rio Tinto Stadium.
Today, Holness, Real Salt Lake’s first-round draft pick is making his MLS debut. Only a week and a half ago, he made his Real Monarchs debut.
While we’d rather not be talking about that moment when everyone’s hearts skipped a beat, there’s also no avoiding it. In that moment, it became the first thing that comes to mind when we think about Holness.
But tonight’s match could be a first step in the opposite direction: We can start to remember Holness as a Real Salt Lake player. He’s played for Real Monarchs enough now that we can be assured that he’s ready to come back — and is there anything else we need?
Holness looks set to play in the most attack-minded position in the midfield, and in doing so, he’ll have an opportunity to show what it was that Craig Waibel, Andy Williams and Jeff Cassar saw in him when they picked him up with the fifth pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft — their highest draft pick since the team picked up now-veteran right back Tony Beltran.