SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The Wall of the Wasatch is staying right where he is.
Nick Rimando, Major League Soccer’s all-time shutout king has re-signed with Real Salt Lake, owner Dell Loy Hansen announced on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old will enter his 12th season with RSL as the league’s all-time leader in wins (196), appearances (452), starts (452) and shutouts (137). The longest-tenured RSL player, Rimando is a six-time MLS All-Star, two-time club Defensive Player of the Year and 2007 RSL Most Valuable Player.
“I couldn’t be happier continuing my career with Real,” Rimando said. “This is home and I couldn’t fathom leaving this club that means so much to me. I was here in the glory days and want to help bring this club back where it belongs. I’m excited to get the season started.
In his 11 seasons with Real Salt Lake, Rimando holds a record of 130-98-79 in MLS regular season play with 101 shutouts and a 1.12 goals against average. Across all competitions, he is 147-114-91 with 116 shutouts and a 1.13 GAA for the club.
“He’s the best goalkeeper in the history of the league,” Real Salt Lake Head Coach Mike Petke said. “Playing with him in D.C. and winning a championship and seeing those special qualities – he has single-handedly embraced and took that position and become the best goalkeeper in our league’s history. I am extremely ecstatic to have him back. When you take his veteran leadership and his experience, for me it’s vital.”
In addition, Rimando owns 21 caps for the U.S. National Team and was included on the roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“Keeping Nick Rimando with Real Salt Lake was an important part of our plans in building the 2018 team,” General Manager Craig Waibel said. “He brings leadership and consistent performance and understands what it means to wear the RSL badge on his chest.”