Rimando hopes to tie MLS record this weekend

Published 04/22 2014 06:32PM

Updated 04/22 2014 10:49PM

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Nick Rimando is on the cusp of MLS history.

The Real Salt Lake goalkeeper is one shutout away from tying the all-time MLS record of 112 set by Kevin Hartman. Rimando, who has played in 65 fewer games than Hartman, could tie the record Saturday night at home against Vancouver.

"When I get it, I think it's going to be a big deal," Rimando said. "But like I've said before and as I'm going to continue to say, when it comes, it comes. I can't put my soul into getting just that one shutout. I'm just worried about this team and getting three points."

Rimando, who recorded his 111th clean sheet this past Saturday against Portland, hopes that when the record-tying or record-breaking shutout comes, it's at home so the fans can enjoy it.

"I'm not trying to go out there and get it this weekend," Rimando said. "But obviously these fans have been there for me since I've been there. So to get it in front of them would be great."

Rimando, who already holds the MLS record for most penalty kicks stopped, could cement himself as the greatest goalkeeper in MLS history. His teammates think he's already attained that status.

"In my opinion, he's absolutely the best goalkeeper in MLS history," said midfielder Kyle Beckerman. "He continues to do it year in and year out."

"I would say so," agreed head coach Jeff Cassar. "His career has been outstanding from start to finish, and he just keeps getting stronger."

Like a fine wine, Rimando seems to be getting better with age. About to turn 35 years old in June, Rimando is playing perhaps the best soccer of his career.

"I think goalkeepers get better with age," Rimando said. "The more games you play, the more confident you feel and more comfortable you get out there."

"He never ceases to amaze me," said defender Tony Beltran. "I mean, I should be used to it by now because this is my 7th year playing with him. He's incredible. He's the best goalkeeper in the league and I don't think he gets the full recognition that he should. Every year he should be an MVP candidate."

Rimando isn't concerned with his place in MLS history just yet. He believes he still has his best soccer ahead of him.

"I'm not worrying about that now," Rimando said. "I still feel young out on the field, and hopefully I have a lot more years to go. But when I do step away from the game, hopefully I get looked at as one of the best."

Rimando will go for his 112th career shutout Saturday night against Vancouver in a match that will be televised on CW-30 at 7:30 p.m.

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