Nick Rimando

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was been named MLS Player of the Month for July by the North American Soccer Reporters on Wednesday after posting three shutouts in four MLS matches.

His efforts helped lead RSL to the top of the Western Conference for the first time in club history, as the team went undefeated in July — 2-0-2, earning eight of a possible 12 points.

"It feels great that our defense — not just me, not just our back four, but our entire team's commitment to the defensive side of the ball — has been recognized, and I'm grateful to be so honored on the team's behalf," said Rimando.

"This award is a testament to how well this team is coming together, and to the hard work across the organization — ownership, front office, coaching staff and players — that has brought us to this point."

Rimando helped shut out Houston, Columbus and Chicago to begin the month before RSL picked up a 2-1 win over Toronto this past Monday.

This is the first career Player of the Month award for Rimando and the first RSL Player of the Month winner since Jeff Cunningham won the award in August 2006.

The Major League Soccer Player of the Month is selected by a panel of journalists following the last regular season game of each month.