SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando is up for MLS Save of the Week – the first of the 2014 season.
Rimando is nominated for his remarkable penalty kick save on Saturday that preserved Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 win at LA Galaxy. After putting in an outstanding performance throughout regulation, Rimando was put to the test again in the 93rd minute, when RSL DF Tony Beltran was controversially whistled for a foul in the box on LA Galaxy’s Rob Friend. LA Designated Player Robbie Keane stepped to the spot and took the kick, but he was no match for Rimando, who dove to his right to make the incredible stop.
The penalty kick save gave Rimando an all-time 32.8 percent (20-for-61) success rate on PK’s, the best such rate in league history. Saturday’s shutout was the 109th regular season clean sheet of Rimando’s career, putting him just three shutouts away from tying retired GK Kevin Hartman for the all-time MLS record with 112 shutouts.
Rimando won MLS Save of the Week nine times in 2013, finishing second in the league behind Portland’s Donovan Ricketts who ended the season with 10 wins. The veteran RSL keeper has claimed 2012 and 2013 MLS Save of the Year honors.
Voting for Save of the Week runs until 12:59 a.m. MT on Friday.