How Acquired: Traded to Red Bulls on Dec. 3, 2012, along with his teammate Fabian Espindola, from Real Salt Lake to New York in exchange for allocation money.
Jamison Olave enters his first season with the New York Red Bulls, and sixth in MLS, after a five-year stint with Real Salt Lake. He’s known for his physical play on the back line and mobility in the box during set pieces.
2012: Tallied one assist in 21 appearances (21 starts) after sustaining a hamstring injury in July that kept him out of the lineup for seven straight matches toward the latter part of the season. Despite every effort to contribute an industrious 90 minutes, the injury lingered up until the end of the season when he was forced to sit out the final match against Vancouver on Oct. 27. Olave racked up only 104 minutes in the club’s abbreviated playoff run, making two appearances, including one start.
2011: Was named a starter in all 24 of his regular-season appearances, missing a month to an MLS sprain sustained in the 2011 MLS All-Star Game. Olave started in all six CONCACAF Champions League matches and finished his MLS regular season with two goals and one assist.
2010: The 2010 season was one filled with a number of accolades for Olave, as he earned MLS Defender of the Year honors, a spot on the MLS “Best XI,” and was named a member of the “First XI” on the MLS All-Star Team. Olave was a mainstay on RSL’s back line that allowed an MLS record for fewest goals allowed in a season, an impressive 20 GA over the span of 30 matches. Olave’s 2,413 minutes of action marked a career-high, along with a career-high 27 starts in 27 appearances. The Colombian national scored three goals, tying his previous high from the 2009 season.
2009: Scored a new career-high three goals over 25 matches, 24 of which were starts. Logged over 2,000 minutes en route to being named RSL’s Defensive Player of the Year. Played every minute of every RSL postseason match (4), solidifying himself as an integral piece on the club’s back line as the Western Conference side went on to win its first MLS Cup.
2008: Olave made his MLS debut on Apr. 26 in a match against D.C. United, tallying all 90 minutes in a solid defensive effort. The defender started in 23 of RSL’s last 26 matches and earned the honor of being the first player to ever score a goal at Rio Tinto Stadium, a tally he registered on Oct. 9 against the Red Bulls. Helped lead RSL through the postseason, finishing just short of an appearance in the MLS Cup Final after falling to the Red Bulls 1-0 in the Conference Finals.
International Club Career
2001, 2005-07: Deportivo Cali – Colombia Copa Mustang (First Division): Broke into professional ranks with the storied Colombian side in 2001. Returned to the squad in 2005, helping Deportivo Cali to its eighth domestic championship in the now Copa Mustang.
2004: Chicó FC - Colombia Copa Mustang (First Division)
2003: CD Patriotas FC – Colombia Copa Concasa (Second Division)
2002: Atletico Huela - Colombia Copa Mustang (First Division)