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Garcia’s two-goal performance earns him the MLS Player of the Week nod

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Olmes Garcia
Olmes Garcia
It took only about a half-hour for Colombian forward Olmes Garcia to make a massive difference.

When Garcia came in as a sub in the 61st minute of Saturday’s match between Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy, the score was knotted 1-1. Then the sub turned the game on its ear, scoring twice as RSL came out 3-1 winners.

For his efforts, the 20-year-old was named the MLS Player of the Week after taking home the highest number of first-place votes from the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters.

The win moved RSL to within a point of Western Conference leader, FC Dallas, though the Hoops do have two games in hand. So much for thinking that this might be a rebuilding year in Utah, after the club dealt away veterans Jamison Olave, Fabian Espindola and Canadian Will Johnson before the start of the season. There’s a lesson here for other MLS clubs on how to manage the cap and remain competitive in the league.

How The 11 voted: MLS had a skeleton schedule due to World Cup qualifiers, with most of the 19 teams enjoying the week off. So, Garcia’s performance stuck out. It’s rare to give a player an award vote when he only plays a half-hour; but it was a pretty special 30 minutes.

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