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Former RSL striker Olmes Garcia released by San Jose

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The lanky striker is free to negotiate with another MLS club after being released.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Olmes Garcia is free to find another club after San Jose Earthquakes released the striker with just a week left until the season restarts.

That’s according to a report on SB Nation blog Center Line Soccer.

Former Real Salt Lake forward Olmes Garcia, who the Quakes selected in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft is no longer with the team, according to general manager Jesse Fioranelli.

“We have released him,” said Fioranelli matter of factly.

That’s certainly a surprise after the Quakes picked up Garcia in the second stage of the 2016 MLS Re-Entry Draft. He’d had some success in preseason but is apparently surplus to requirements.

Garcia played for four years at Real Salt Lake; his most successful season came in his first year. He scored five goals and had a further four assists in 2013 as he helped push RSL toward an eventual MLS Cup Final spot.