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.
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.)