The way Nick Rimando hops around like a young man, you’d think he was still relatively new at all this. And he is only 32, not exactly old folks-home age for a goalkeeper. If we use the Kasey Keller or Brad Friedel scale, the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper still has, what, seven or eight good years left?
So it’s easy to forget Rimando has been doing the business and doing it well for a dozen years now. His first starting assignment was in 2000 with the Miami Fusion.
Alvaro Saborio was the goal-scoring hero Saturday with two strikes in the home team’s 2-1 win over New England. But there was plenty of work to do be late, especially when Will Johnson’s iffy challenge left the men of Utah short-handed for more than 20 minutes.
But Rimando was big and bold, turning away shots and seeing out the three points.
“For me, Nick got us the three points,” RSL manager Jason Kreis said. “Without him in goal we probably would be walking away with one [point].”
Watch Rimando’s pair of outstanding saves just past the 70th minute. And he was brave late in the match after interceding in one ball played dangerously right to the top of his six-yard box.
All of which has, around the Rimando household, come to know as “a Saturday.”