Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Understated Rimando: 'I did my part ...'
November 4th, 2012 4:34PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, real salt lake, seattle sounders

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS PLAYOFFS: Seattle-Real Salt Lake] Four times the Seattle Sounders have faced Real Salt Lake this season, and four times they have been shut out. The teams played their third scoreless draw in a game that saw both keepers come up big, especially RSL's Rick Rimando, who had what RSL coach Jason Kreis called "one of the single best individual performances by any player who's ever worn an RSL jersey."

-- Rimando came out quickly to smother Brad Evans' shot when the Seattle midfielder broke free on the right side of the area in the 25th minute. But Rimando outdid himself in the 33rd minute, stopping first Sammy Ochoa and thenJhon Kennedy Hurtado on bullet headers off corner kicks. Ochoa looked in disbelief after Rimando flew through the air to stop his header with his left arm.

-- Rimando's stop on Christian Tiffert showed his versatility, diving to his left to keep the German's bouncing header out of the goal. Remarkably, Rimando stayed in the game, after later colliding with Tiffert and needing stitches to close a cut on the right side of his eye. The delay forced eight minutes of stoppage time.

-- RSL now has shut out four straight opponents. It hasn’t given up a goal since the 2-1 win at Los Angeles on Oct. 6, a streak of 433 minutes across all competitions.

-- Seattle coach Sigi Schmidwasn't surprised with Rimando's display. After all, he coached him in college. "Yeah, I don't like it when goalkeepers get hot against us," the former UCLA coach said. "I know Nicky  fairly well and he's a good goalkeeper. He's courageous and his reactions are good. The one save he made against Sammy, he actually parries the ball off the crossbar and over the goal. If he doesn't get quite a hand on it, three inches lower, it hits the bottom of the crossbar and goes in."

-- Rimando deflected credit for the away draw. "Everybody stepped up tonight," he said. "It wasn't just me. I did my part for sure, but so did everybody else."

-- Rimando's efforts overshadowed another strong game by Seattle keeper Michael Gspurning, who made quality stops on Neil Grabavoy, Will Johnson and Alvaro Saborio.

Second Leg:Thursday, 9:30 p.m. ET.

Nov. 2 in Seattle
Seattle 0 Real Salt Lake 0. 
Seattle --Gspurning; Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Burch; Rosales (Zakuani, 94+),  Alonso, Tiffert (Martinez, 82), Evans; Montero, Ochoa (Estrada, 57)
Real Salt Lake --Rimando; Beltran, Watson-Siriboe (Olave, 76), Borchers, Wingert; Beckerman, Grabavoy, W.Johnson; Morales (Alvarez, 87); Espindola (Paulo Jr., 46), Saborio.
Referee:Hilario Grajeda.
Att.:34,941.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"My message since I took over this role, since five years ago, to all of them ...
This week in men's college soccer    
The WAC reintroduced men's soccer in 2013 and quickly has become one of the hottest men's ...
U.S. Abroad: Top U.S. youth star signs with Schalke 04    
FC Dallas, regarded as having MLS's best youth development program, lost out on Weston McKennie, the ...
What They're Saying: Hope Solo    
"Seventeen f****** years, and it's over!" -- Hope Solo, with her reaction to her husband, former ...
Video Pick: Sportsmanship from Barca boys    
After Barcelona U-13s' 1-0 win over Omiya at the World Challenge Cup in Tokyo left the ...
MLS Injury Report: Zardes out for regular season    
The LA Galaxy confirmed that U.S. national team forward Gyasi Zardes will miss the remainder of ...
Klinsmann: 'We have a lot of attacking options'    
Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes, the USA's top two contributors in 2016 with seven goals and ...
USL Rewind: Kickers, FC Cincinnati claim playoff spots    
Two more Eastern Conference teams nailed down postseason berths last weekend. A 1-0 defeat of Orlando ...
MLS Power Rankings: Eastern leaders swap spots    
The FIFA break follows a crazy-busy week in MLS, with 16 league matches - including several ...
MLS: Quakes fire GM John Doyle, San Jose original    
John Doyle, San Jose Earthquakes general manager since the club returned to MLS in 2008, has ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives