“You could see how much talent (Garcia) has, he's so fast,” Wingert said. “Bring him in maybe as a little bit of a project. He's young, but man when he gets running at defenders he's got a lot of juice.”
Stertzer and Lovel Palmer also continue to show improvement with each opportunity on the field. Both players are new to Real Salt Lake this season, and with early season injuries, the two have seen playing time on the first team already this year.
“I told the guys, these games are the only way we are going to get on the pitch for the first team,” Palmer said. “So we have to play with intensity and do the right things. The head coach Jason Kreis is watching the game also, and he's assessing every player. So we have to make sure individually and collectively as a team we're performing well.”
The exhibition match proved a few things to the fans and possibly the whole organization, the reserves and Wingert alike are playing with something to prove and hoping to earn their spot.
Whitney O'Bannon is currently a new media sports intern for the Deseret News.
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