Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SANDY — It’s official.
Nick Rimando is the "King."
“Hearing those fans screaming my name with two minutes left made me a little nervous,” Rimando joked with reporters following the match. “To be able to share that with the fans and my teammates it’s something I’ve dreamed of; making that record here.”
It’s been in the making for what seems like ages, but the veteran RSL goalkeeper managed to keep a clean sheet in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over D.C. United to earn career shutout number 113 — Rimando’s 77th in Claret and Cobalt.
“What an amazing career so far, but there is so much left for him,” RSL coach Jeff Cassar said following the win. “It couldn’t happen to a better person. He’s a leader within our team, he’s a fantastic goalkeeper, and this is an amazing individual reward.”
The record eclipses Kevin Hartman’s 112, making Rimando the all-time career shutout leader in MLS history.
While Rimando’s name is etched in the history books, the RSL ’keeper humbly told reporters that this record isn’t his alone.
“I don’t think any shutout is for myself. I think I have the name on the shutout, but it’s a committed effort from the team. This is not only my record. My name is on it, but there’s a lot of guys that should be getting credit for it,” said Rimando, who went on to name a handful of guys who’ve been in front of him through the years on the pitch.
It was a fairly easy walk in the park for Rimando, who had to make two saves to preserve the shutout over D.C., but Rimando had to do it without usual starters Tony Beltran and Chris Wingert in front of him.
Both players were suspended from the match due to yellow card accumulation.
Abdoulie Mansally and Carlos Salcedo, who have a combined six starts this season, were called upon by Cassar and thrust into the starting lineup. Cassar was more than impressed by their performance, adding they performed exactly as he’d expected.
“They were both very good, very good. The first little bit was kind of rough for Mansally, but his reaction after that was fantastic. He really got forward at the right times, so it was a smart game for him in those regards,” said Cassar. “Carlos had to step into a position that he typically isn’t familiar with, but right now is playing with a lot of confidence.”
Now Rimando and the club move forward, currently sitting alone in first place in the Western Conference.
“I’m relieved and excited to move forward. We knew that we had a lot of shutouts with this team, and I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself listening to the media or anyone else about the shutouts,” said Rimando. “It always takes commitment to get shutouts, and the guys in front of me helped me out big time today.”
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