US national team, World Cup player profile: Nick Rimando


The darling of Major League Soccer neutrals, Nick Rimando is otherwise an unsung goalkeeper on the international scene. Stuck behind Tim Howard and Brad Guzan on the United States national team depth chart, Rimando has had to “settle” for the glories of club over country. The two-time MLS Cup champion — DC United in 2004 and Real Salt Lake in 2009 — will turn 35 during the tournament, most likely singing his World Cup swan song from the bench.

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Full name: Nicholas Paul Rimando

Age: 34

Hometown: Montclair, California

Position: Goalkeeper

Caps: 14 caps

Club: Real Salt Lake

Best moment in a U.S. shirt: His run as starter for nearly every game of the 2013 Gold Cup tournament, in which the Yanks reclaimed the title for the first time since 2007 with a 1-0 win over Panama in the final.

Starter or squad player at World Cup? Third-choice keeper.