For Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, his magical season continued on Saturday, April 19 as he inched closer towards setting Major League Soccer’s all time shutout record. After defeating the Portland Timbers 1-0 -- this after he sat out two weeks due to a knee injury he suffered against Mexico in a U.S. national team friendly -- you wonder if the man is even human at times.
You really wonder when you examine the diving save he made in the 85th minute, contorting his body like an acrobat as he parried away what was a sure goal going into the upper corner. When you consider that Rimando only stands a mere 5-foot-9 and weighs only 184 pounds--certainly not the standard for modern-day goalkeepers--you realize you’re looking at someone who defies all odds and is truly special.
Rimando is currently 3-0-2 as Real Salt Lake goalkeeper this season. He has 23 saves, the third-best mark in MLS despite missing several games due to international callups. But he is far and away the best shot-stopper in the league, allowing just 0.80 goals per game.
But those are just a few examples of what makes Rimando such a unique world-class goalkeeper. Here are five traits that make him stand out above the rest.