Real Salt Lake’s most veteran player, Nick Rimando had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013, placing first in MLS amongst goalkeepers with at least 1,000 minutes played with a save percentage of 73 percent and routinely earning points for the Claret-and-Cobalt with miraculous save after miraculous save – one of which earned him 2013 MLS Save of the Year. The Goalkeeper of the Year candidate posted a 14-7-6 league record and registered nine shutouts despite missing seven games due to international duty and illness. The Claret-and-Cobalt struggled without Rimando, going just 2-3-2 without the so-called “Wall of the Wasatch” between the pipes. RSL allowed 1.04 goals per game with Rimando in net, compared to a 1.86 goals against average without him. The U.S. international became just the second player in MLS history to reach 100 regular season shutouts in the season opener and is now just four clean sheets away from tying Kevin Hartman’s all-time MLS record of 112 shutouts.
The Claret-and-Cobalt will expect more of the same in 2014 from Rimando, who is more motivated than ever to keep performing well as he looks to lead RSL to league glory while cementing his role for the U.S. Men’s National Team as they head to Brazil this summer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
RSL: Acquired via trade from NY for a 2008 MLS SuperDraft pick and 2009 MLS Supplemental Draft pick on 2/23/07
NY: Acquired via trade from RSL on 2/9/07 for future considerations
RSL: Acquired via trade along with MF Freddy Adu from DC for GK Jay Nolly, a major player allocation and future considerations on 12/11/06
DC: Selected third in the 2002 MLS Allocation Draft on 2/12/02
MIA: Selected in third round (35th overall) of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft on 2/06/00
2014: Rimando continued to impress as one of the league’s premier goalkeepers, finishing the season with seven shutouts and a 1.04 goals against average in 24 matches. His 13-4-7 record was his second-best campaign, in terms of points per match, since coming to Real Salt Lake in 2007. He now has 79 shutouts in 225 appearances for RSL to lead all players in games played for the Claret-and-Cobalt. On August 9, he earned his 113th career clean sheet to pass Kevin Hartman as the all-time shutout leader in MLS history. He now has 115 shutouts to his credit. Rimando also earned his fourth All-Star nod in the last five seasons, starting for the MLS All-Stars against Bayern Munich. Five times during the season, he was voted MLS Save of the Week, more than any other player in the league in 2014. In addition to his MLS exploits, Rimando also was named to the U.S. National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but did not make an appearance in Brazil. He did appear in four friendlies for the U.S. in 2014, earning a 2-0 shutout against South Korea in February, going 2-0-2 in those four appearances.
2013: Appeared and started in 27 regular season games for RSL … Registered nine shutouts and made 82 saves in the regular season, posting a 14-7-6 record ... Placed first in MLS amongst goalkeepers with at least 1,000 minutes played with a save percentage of 73 percent … Missed seven matches due to international duty and illness with RSL going just 2-3-2 without him … Made a season high of six saves in a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps on April 13 and in a 2-2 draw with Colorado Rapids on Aug. 3 … Was second in the league with nine MLS Save of the Week wins … Won Save of the Week for a save against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 13 (week 7), won SOTW with a save against Chivas USA on May 19 (week 12), won SOTW with a save against San Jose Earthquakes on June 1 (week 14), won SOTW with a save against LA Galaxy on June 8 (week 15), won SOTW with a save against Toronto FC on June 29 (week 17), won SOTW with a save against Colorado Rapids on Aug. 3 (week 23), won SOTW with a save against San Jose Earthquakes on Sept. 21 (week 30), won SOTW with a double stop against Portland Timbers on Oct. 19 (week 34), won SOTW against Chivas USA on Oct. 23 (week 35) … Earned 2013 MLS Save of the Year for his double save in a 2-2 draw with Colorado Rapids on Aug. 3 … Finished second in Goalkeeper of the Year voting to Portland’s Donovan Ricketts … Played every minute of Real Salt Lake’s postseason run, making a total of 10 saves and recording two shutouts and posting a 3-1-1 record … Recorded a shutout against LA Galaxy in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinal and a shutout in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship series against Portland Timbers … Became just the second player in MLS history to reach 100 regular season shutouts in the season opener … Now just four clean sheets away from tying Kevin Hartman’s all-time MLS record of 112 regular season shutouts
2012: Started 31 of RSL’s 34 regular season contests, all four CONCACAF Champions League matches and both MLS Cup Playoff appearances for RSL … His 12 shutouts were second to Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen (15) for the MLS regular season lead; also registered three clean sheets in CCL play and one in the MLS Cup Playoffs … 16 wins tied Rimando for third in MLS with ex-L.A. and current RSL GK Josh Saunders and Chicago GK Sean Johnson … 1.06 GAA was fourth in MLS and third best of his career … Registered six saves in the rain in RSL’s 3-2 win at Portland on March 31 … Also registered six stops on April 21 at San Jose, May 5 against New England and Sept. 29 at Chivas USA … Allowed just three goals in his final seven regular season starts, shutting out Philadelphia on Aug. 24, D.C. on Sept. 1, Chivas USA on Sept. 29 and Seattle on Oct. 17 during the impressive streak … Registered the 99th MLS regular season shutout of his career in his final start of the regular season on Oct. 17 at Seattle … Saved two of four penalty kick attempts during the regular season, taking him to 17-for-57 on regular season PK attempts during his career, the best ever mark against penalties in MLS history … Turned in a performance for the ages in both legs of RSL’s Western Conference Semifinal series, making remarkable stop after remarkable stop against the Sounders despite suffering a broken nose midway through the first leg … Made nine saves total in RSL’s 0-1 Western Conference Semifinal loss to Seattle, getting beaten only by a truly unstoppable curling half-volley from Sounders MF Mario Martinez late in the second leg at Rio Tinto Stadium
2011: Started all but one of RSL’s 34 regular season contests, all six CONCACAF Champions League Championship Stage matches and all three MLS Cup Playoff appearances for RSL … His 13 shutouts were tied with Kevin Hartman (DAL) for the regular season lead in the category, while he also added two clean sheets in CCL play (2/22 @ CLB, QF Leg 1 & 3/15 v. Saprissa, SF Leg 1) … 14 wins were third best across MLS, and made him the first goalkeeper in League history to record four 14+ win campaigns … Wrapped up play in CCL knockout rounds with a 2-2-2 record, 1.00 GAA (6 GA in 540 min.) and 2 shutouts … Five-game winning streak from 8/27 @ CHV through 9/21 @ NY marked the third 5+ game winning streak of his career … 1.09 GAA was T-5th in MLS and the third lowest mark of his 12-year career … Notched fourth-longest shutout streak of regular season at 409 minutes (4/30 @ POR through 5/28 v. SEA) … Began this season in spectacular fashion on 3/19 @ SJ, stopping a season-high eight shots – including six in the final 20 minutes in monsoon-like conditions – to give RSL a 1-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium … Also registered six-save efforts on the road on 8/20 @ HOU (2-3 L), 10/14 @ COL (0-0 T) and 11/02 @ SEA (0-2 L), the latter helping RSL advance from its Western Conference Semifinal Series against Sounders FC (3-2 agg.).
2010: In 34 overall regular season and Cup appearances (3,040 minutes), allowed only 31 goals en route to a sparkling 18-6-10 record, 0.91 GAA, and 14 shutouts … His MLS regular season numbers were even more impressive: 27 games played (all starts), with a 15-4-6 record, 0.67 GAA, and 14 shutouts … The 0.67 GAA was the 2nd lowest single-season mark in MLS history, behind only Kevin Hartman’s 0.62 for FC Dallas (also in 2010), while besting the previous League record held by Houston’s Pat Onstad from 2007 (0.82) … The 14 clean sheets were not only a career-high but also the 2nd best single-season mark in MLS annals, behind only Tony Meola’s 16 shutouts for Kansas City in 2000 … 15 wins equaled his previous high-water mark (2001 w/ Miami, 2005 w/ DC) … Named an MLS All-Star for just the 2nd time in his illustrious career (2001) … His 567-minute (5/29 v. KC – 7/17 @ DAL) and 511-minute (8/07 @ KC – 10/02 @ NE) shutout streaks were tops in MLS in 2010 and the 3rd and 6th longest such runs in League history … Went 3-1-1 with a 2.00 GAA in CCL play, notching wins on 8/18 v. Árabe Unido, 9/15 v. TOR, and 9/22 @ Árabe Unido … Victory on 5/29 v. KC (4-1 W) was his fifth in as many contests in May … In that contest, he also surpassed former RSL netminder Scott Garlick for 5th place on MLS’ all-time appearances in goal list with his 238th GP … Posted shutouts in all three contests in June (6/05 @ DC, 6/09 v. LA, 6/25 v. NE), leading him to becoming just the second goalkeeper in League history to earn a second MLS Player of the Month award … Became 5th goalkeeper in MLS history to record 100 regular season wins on 7/02 v. NE in a 5-0 trouncing of the Revs at Rio Tinto Stadium … Made a season-high 7 saves on 10/02 @ NE in RSL’s 2-1 win … Has stopped 13 of 46 penalty attempts against in regular season play (28.2%).
2009: His 1.14 GAA was the third lowest of his 10-year MLS career, while his 10 wins (10-10-6) were T-3rd(6th season w/ double-digit wins) and his 9 shutouts ranking second-most (11 SHO in 2005) … Finished among MLS’ Top 10 with a 1.14 GAA (8th), 9 shutouts (T-5th), and 10 wins (T-5th) … Ranks 6th all-time amongst MLS goalkeepers with 92 wins; 228 games played and started; 20,673 minutes played; and 888 saves while placing T-5th with 60 shutouts … Now RSL’s career leader with 83 games started and ranks 2nd in club history with 83 games played (A. Williams – 128 ) … Missed 3 games with a L 3rd finger laceration, suffered late in first half on 5/02 @ COL … Stopped both PK attempts faced in regular season play in 2009 … PK save of Brad Davis on 6/20 @ HOU in the 74th minute temporarily kept RSL in the lead what was an eventual 1-1 draw … His PK stop on Jeff Cunningham on 7/24 v DAL (71’) was the 13th in 42 attempts on his goal during his career (31%) … Contributed the game-winning assist on 8/08 v. SEA, his long goal kick converted by Findley for the lone goal in a 1-0 win … The assist was the 6th of his career, tying Marcus Hahnemann for the most by a GK in MLS history … Saw his home shutout streak snapped at 383 minutes on 9/12 v. CHI (Rolfe – 44’) … His 60th career clean sheet in the regular season finale on 10/24 v. COL placed him T-5th on MLS’ all-time list in the category w/ Pat Onstad (HOU) … Performed heroically in RSL’s four-game run to the MLS Cup 2009 crown, posting an undefeated 2-0-2 record, impressive 0.64 GAA and a pair of shutouts across 420 minutes of action … Picked up wins over Columbus in both Eastern Conf. Semifinal Series contests against the defending MLS Cup Champions on 10/31 @ RSL and 11/05 @ CLB … Engineered RSL’s Eastern Conf. Championship triumph on 11/14 @ CHI, making 6 saves in regulation & OT to preserve visitors’ end of 0-0 draw before saving 3 of the Fire’s 7 PK attempts, seeing the Utahns through to a 5-4 PK win and their first MLS Cup appearance. … Saved his best for last in MLS Cup 2009 on 11/22 v. LA at Seattle’s Qwest Field, again being thrown into penalties, this time after a 1-1 draw … Forced a miss out of Landon Donovan and saved shots by Jovan Kirovski and Edson Buddle, the latter also coming in the 7th round and precluding Russell’s championship clincher in the 5-4 shootout triumph … Now one of only two players on RSL roster to win multiple MLS Cup titles (w/ Grabavoy), this after first winning the 2004 crown with DC in his lone prior final appearance.
2008: One of four ‘keepers to play every minute for his squad in 2008 (w/ Busch, Cannon & Hartman) … Only RSL player to log all 2,700 minutes in 2008 and one of two RSL members (w/ Beckerman) to start all 30 contests … Finished season in top six across MLS with 10 wins (T-5th), 8 shutouts (5th) and a 1.30 GAA (T-6th) … Broke or tied RSL single-season records in wins (tied w/ Garlick, 2006), shutouts, and a .500 winning % … Owned 2nd longest shutout streak of the 2008 MLS season at 355 minutes (6/28 @ KC – 7/28 v. TOR), breaking his own club record in the category for the second time during the season (284 minutes from 5/31 v. SJ through 6/21 v. NE) … One of two ‘keepers to post a pair of shutouts streaks in the season’s top 10 (w/ Hartman – KC) … Named MLS Player of the Month for July after going 2-0-2 with 3 shutouts & 1 GA in four games … Played 5 minutes in midfield for the RSL Reserves on 8/06 @ DAL … Made 200th MLS regular season start & appearance on 10/09 v. NY, just two games after becoming the 6th‘keeper in League history to reach the 800-save plateau (9/27 @ SJ) … His 1.00 GAA during RSL’s three-game appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs marked the stingiest performance of his four career postseason runs … Has stopped 11 of the 40 PK’s faced in his career (27.5% save percentage).
2007: Finished season among MLS leaders with 146 saves (1st), 76.4 save % (2nd), 1.37 GAA (7th) and 7 shutouts (7th) … His 146 saves in just 27 games were tops in MLS by 26 saves and also shattered the RSL single-season record (112 by D.J. Countess, 2005) … Made a career-high 13 SVS on 6/02 @ NE … 13 saves tied him for the fourth-most stops in an MLS contest … Also stopped 12 shots in a scoreless draw on 9/15 @ TFC … Acquired, traded, then re-acquired by RSL during the off-season, he final deal bringing Rimando back to Utah from NYRB in exchange for a 2008 MLS SuperDraft pick and 2009 MLS Supplemental Draft pick on 2/23/07.
2006: Made just two appearances in a back-up role behind Troy Perkins after overcoming nagging injuries during the first half of the season … Stayed sharp in MLS Reserve Division play, allowing only four goals in eight starts in which he posted an impressive 0.57 GAA and 5-2-0 record, the five wins leading all ‘keepers in RD action.
2005: Returned to full strength and had one of his best seasons, notching a career-high 11 shutouts while maintaining an impressive 1.17 GAA and tying his career-best of 15 wins … Notched an assist on 9/10 at FC Dallas when he sent a long punt to Jamil Walker, whose subsequent pass led to a goal by Santino Quaranta in D.C.’s 2-1 win … That season, broke DC’s club records for games played in goal, games started in goal, minutes played in goal, saves, and shutouts.
2004: A right knee injury limited Rimando to just 13 appearances – all starts … Still managed to record a 7-3-3 record and a career-best and club-record 1.00 GAA … After returning from a torn ACL in 2003, experienced other injury difficulties and opted to have surgery during the mid-season All-Star break to repair the meniscus in his right knee … Gave United momentum going into the 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs by posting three shutouts in the team’s final six games, including a scoreless streak of 274 minutes down the stretch … Went 4-0-0 in postseason play, his 1.15 GAA helping United to its fifth MLS Cup crown.
2003: Logged 2,318 minutes, stretching his cumulative minutes played to 6,016 dating back to July 4th of 2001 … The mark fell just 50 minutes short of the MLS all-time record for consecutive minutes played when he limped off of the turf at Giants Stadium with a torn ACL on 9/25 at MET … Equaled a DC team single-season record with seven shutouts.
2002: Recorded club-record seven shutouts and United’s single-season record for saves (131) … Only player on DC to log every minute (2,588) during the 2002 season, which also ranked tops in MLS … One of six players recognized as MLS Player of the Week on multiple occasions (Weeks 15 & 27).
2001: Set several team records for Miami Fusion FC in his first full season, including wins (15) and shutouts (5) … Posted a 15-5-5 record and 1.29 GAA, numbers that helped Miami garner the 2001 Supporters Shield … Earned a starting nod in the MLS All-Star Game and an invite to Bruce Arena’s U.S. National Team training camp.
2000: Made five saves and recorded a shutout in his MLS debut for MIA, a 1-0 overtime win vs. DC on 5/10 … Finalist for the Nickelodeon GAS Play of the Year for a one-handed save on DC’s Bobby Convey’s shot on 8/05 … Recorded a game-winning assist on 5/13 vs. COL in a 2-1 victory … Posted a 2-1-0 record in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and made a PK save in the Final on 10/21 at CHI.
U.S. Men’s National Teams
U.S. Senior MNT: Has collected a 10-0-0 record in his 10 caps for the full U.S. Men’s National Team … His 10 wins are tied for fifth on the all-time goalkeeper victories list with Brad Guzan … Started and played the full 90 minutes in the U.S.’s 2-0 win over the Korea Republic at StubHub Center on Feb. 1, 2014 … One of three RSL players to participate in the USMNT’s January 2014 camp, training under U.S. Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann for three-and-a-half weeks in Carson, Calif. and Sao Paulo, Brazil … Was called to all 10 of the USMNT’s CONCACAF Hexagonal Qualifiers in 2013 … Started five of the USMNT’s six matches at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, including the U.S.’s 1-0 win over Panama in the tournament final in Chicago … Was called-up to U.S. Men’s National Team 2013 January camp but had to decline invite due to a shoulder injury … Made the gameday roster for the U.S.’s 2-2 friendly draw at Russia on Nov. 14 … Made the 18-man roster for the U.S.’s decisive October World Cup Qualifying matches at Antigua & Barbuda and against Guatemala, backing up starter Tim Howard for both … Was named to the roster for the U.S.’s September World Cup Qualifiers both at and at home to Jamaica …Was on the gameday roster for the U.S.’s historic 1-0 win against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15 …Was called into May/June USMNT camp for friendlies against Scotland, Brazil and Canada and World Cup Qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala, making the gameday roster against Brazil and Canada … Was called into USMNT camp by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as one of four MLS players on the roster for the 2/29/12 friendly at Italy … His latest January camp stint in 2012 was topped off with a standout 45 minutes on 1/25/12 @ Panama, his Man of the Match performance in the first half helping the USA register a 1-0 win at Estadio Rommel Fernandez … Also earned call-ups by Klinsmann for the USA’s contests on 10/08 v. Honduras in Miami and 10/11 v. Ecuador in Harrison, NJ, but did not feature in either contest … Ended his stay at the U.S. MNT’s January 2011 camp on 1/22/11 v. Chile, starting and playing a shutout first 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw at The Home Depot Center in his native southern California … Ended six-and-a-half-year span between Senior team appearances on 2/24/10 v. El Salvador and earned the win from a 2-1 friendly triumph at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa … Also made 18-man roster on 1/23/10 v. Honduras as starter Troy Perkins’ back-up … Participated in Bob Bradley’s extended training camps in January and February 2010, marking his first activity with the U.S. Senior side since joining RSL prior to the 2007 season … 2-0 victory over Wales on 5/26/03 marked his first start, win, and complete-game shutout for the U.S. MNT … Relieved Tim Howard at the half on 1/18/03 v. Canada, helping the U.S. to a 4-0 trouncing of the Maple Leafs in Ft. Lauderdale … Made his senior international debut on 11/17/02 vs. El Salvador, coming on at the half and combining with Howard to post a 2-0 shutout win on his home turf of RFK Stadium …
U.S. Youth National Teams: U.S. Under-20’s: Made 31 caps for the U.S. Under-20 squad across 1998-99 … Was a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team that went 2-2-0 at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria … U.S. Under-17s: Was a member of the USA’s U-17 squad that competed in the 1995 U-17 World Cup in Ecuador.
1997-99: Finished his three years at UCLA with an impressive 0.67 GAA, the second-best mark in Bruin history … Culminated his final season with UCLA by receiving NSCAA All-Far West First-Team and College Soccer Online All-American Honorable Mention honors … Tallied 19 wins in 22 games while maintaining a 0.78 GAA in helping UCLA reach the NCAA College Cup Semifinals … Named NSCAA Second-Team All-American, Second-Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and First-Team All-Far West as a sophomore … Recorded 11 shutouts to earn Team Co-Defensive MVP honors and help the Bruins to a second straight NCAA College Cup appearance … Earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors as a freshman … Held a shutout streak of 450 minutes to begin the season … Registered a 0.17 GAA and four shutouts as a freshman
Lives in Salt Lake City with wife, Jacqui; son, Jett Nicholas; and daughter, Benny Rose … Enjoys hitting the local dog parks with his two dogs, Cassius & Marley … Is an avid social media user, as demonstrated by his plentiful Facebook and Twitter updates … Proud of his Southern California roots, where his parents still live in his hometown of Montclair … A huge music fan, sees as many concerts as possible and enjoys listening to Jack Johnson, Rancid, AFI, Rise Against and Ben Harper