In just a few months with the club, and in limited action with the first team, RSL forward Olmes Garcia has impressed with his ability and promise. But he and his coach know there's work left to be done to make sure his spectacular goal last weekend in a 1-1 draw with Vancouver is more than a just one-hit wonder.
"Do I think there could have been more plays in that game and perhaps should have been more plays in that game?" Kreis said this week. "Yeah, so I think there is still a lot of improvement needed on his part. I hope that we all don't feel that he scored one goal so his job is done, because there's a whole lot more left to be done."
Garcia has wowed fans and teammates with his speed and skill on the ball.
"As soon as I saw him take a couple touches on the ball," Velasquez said, "I knew he was something special."
But Kreis noted it was Garcia's work off the ball, chasing down a long pass from RSL defender Lovel Palmer, winning possession and then settling into an open spot on the field, that set up his first MLS goal.
More and more, Garcia said, he has begun to feel comfortable with Kreis' system, which often gives newcomers rookies and veterans alike troubles early on.
"It takes time," Garcia said. "But the coach explains it so well that as time goes by, you get natural with it."
With four other forwards on the roster, RSL officials have said they view Garcia as something of a long-term project. Garcia, a 20-year-old Colombian who left Deportes Quindio to sign a five-year deal with Salt Lake, isn't shying away from the challenge.
"It was a dream [to sign with RSL]," he said, with Velasquez acting as translator. "It was a great opportunity to move forward. I had the chance to come here, and I'm here to work hard."
Chivas at RSL
P At Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff • Saturday, 7 p.m.
TV • CW30