We can count RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando as one man around PPL Park last night who didn’t get his feelings too hurt over a 0-0 draw.
Shutout for Rimando? Yeah, he’s seen a few. In fact, he’s been in goal for 96 of them.
That makes Rimando the league’s second all-time leader in that category, behind only Kevin Hartman from FC Dallas.
(MORE: Highlights and post-game thoughts from Rimando following last night’s scoreless draw at PPL Park in Philadelphia)
What are the chances that Rimando and RSL can notch four more this season, bringing the RSL No. 1 to that milepost shutout No. 100 this year? Not great, but there is a chance.
Real Salt Lake has seven matches remaining. Best chances for shutouts are Portland at home and Chivas USA on the road. If he gets those two … perhaps he can sneak in another one here and there. If commanding RSL center back Jamison Olave gets healthy, the chances go up a tad.
But the better odds have Rimando reaching the landmark early next year. He’s 33 – a young man in goalkeeper’s years. Brad Friedel, 41, is still an English Premier League starter.
So Rimando isn’t going anywhere.
Here’s where he stands in among Major League Soccer’s leaders in all-time shutouts. (The list is from before last night’s contest.)
Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.
Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.
Switzerland 7-0 San Marino
Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.
[ MORE: Thursday’s EURO 2016 roundup — Northern Ireland qualify ]
England 2-0 Estonia
England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.
Elsewhere in EURO qualifying
Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.