Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Zac MacMath became the first ever player in Club history to play all 3060 minutes in a 34 match Major League Soccer season. MacMath has enjoyed a successful campaign as RSL’s starting keeper, helping the club keep 10 clean sheets and making 102 saves.
RSL Homegrown goalkeeper David Ochoa was the presumed starter going into the 2022 RSL Regular Season, however after Ochoa suffered an injury in preseason, MacMath stepped up to the plate in the first match of the season against Houston Dynamo and kept a shutout.
“Yeah, I think it’s pretty incredible,'' said MacMath. “Thinking back to preseason I wasn’t going to see much playing time, and to have the opportunity to play every minute of every game is a big deal.”
MacMath grabbed the starting position with both hands and played every minute of the season for RSL between the sticks. He was one of only six MLS players to play every minute of every match this season.
Last season, Albert Rusnak was only 15 minutes short of playing every minute of the season and in 2011, Nick Rimando played every minute of a 33 game season.
Going into Decision Day against the Portland Timbers, MacMath was also only one save away from breaking his career record for saves in a season. During the 2013 season, MacMath made 100 saves as the Philadelphia Union starting goalkeeper.
“Yeah, that’d be ideal [to break the record],” said MacMath. As long as we can get that next shutout and hopefully a win, that’d make it all the better.”
He made his 101 and 102 save of the 2022 season, helping RSL advance to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the second straight season.
RSL’s ironman will look to continue his strong form in the MLS Playoffs as the Club prepares for another postseason run.