Nick Rimando, apparently not content with the season’s first Player of the Week honor, put in an early candidate for Save of the Year in San Jose, denying Chris Wondolowski with a first half, reflex save that leaves us looking beyond Major League Soccer for comparables.
Left with nothing but his reflexes and luck while stranded at point-blank range, Rimando ultimately didn’t need the luck. Reacting instantly to his fellow U.S. international’s far post flick, Rimando “wax offed” the San Jose captain’s try, denying the former Most Valuable Player his second goal of the night.
Yeah, perhaps we’re making too much of this one, but after Rimando saved a stoppage time penalty last week in Carson to preserve Real Salk Lake’s 1-0 win, the U.S. international appears to have started the season in the zone. Unless you give the Goalkeeper of the Year finalist absolutely no chance (as, to their credit, San Jsoe has done twice tonight), Rimando’s keeping your shot out of goal. At 34, the veteran keeper is at the top of his game.
In ancient times (the 1980s), they called this type of performance “The Glow.” Maybe, just maybe, Rimando is the Last Dragon? Come next week against Los Angeles, he may be ready to catch bullets.