Real Salt Lake: Rimando sets shutout record in RSL’s win over D.C. United
Sandy • The chants started with a couple minutes to play.
"Nick Rimando! Nick Rimando!"
And when the last whistle was finally blown in a 3-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday, the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper stood at midfield, surrounded by his family, and alone at the top of Major League Soccer’s all-time shutout list with 113 all-time.
"It feels good," Rimando said afterward. "To hear those fans out there scream my name with two minutes left got me a little nervous."
Rimando made two saves Saturday against the team that dealt him to Salt Lake.
And afterward he credited his teammates, a few by name, for helping him hold a piece of league history.
O Nick Rimando breaks the MLS shutout record, notching No. 113 for his career.
» RSL kept D.C. scoreless despite missing its two starting full backs.
» Defender Chris Schuler scored his first two goals of the season.
RSL 3, DC United 0
United 0 0 — 0
RSL 3 0 — 3
First half » 1, Real Salt Lake, Plata 10 (Mulholland), 11th minute. 2, Real Salt Lake, Schuler 1 (Morales), 13th. 3, Real Salt Lake, Schuler 2 (Morales), 24th.
Second half » None.
Goalies » D.C. United, Bill Hamid Real Salt Lake, Nick Rimando.
Yellow Cards—Jeffrey, D.C. United, 5th Johnson, D.C. United, 30th Mansally, Real Salt Lake, 85th.
Referee—Daniel Radford. Assistant Referees—Bill Dittmar. Paul Scott. 4th Official—Allen Chapman.
Attendance » 20,452 (20,008)
D.C. United—Bill Hamid, Steve Birnbaum, Chris Korb, Bobby Boswell, Sean Franklin, Chris Rolfe (Lewis Neal, 69th), Davy Arnaud, Jared Jeffrey, Luis Silva (Fabian Espindola, 49th), Nick DeLeon (David Estrada, 77th), Eddie Johnson.
Real Salt Lake—Nick Rimando, Abdoulie Mansally, Carlos Salcedo, Chris Schuler, Nat Borchers, Luke Mulholland, Javier Morales (Luis Gil, 68th), Ned Grabavoy (Sebastian Velasquez, 88th), Kyle Beckerman, Olmes Garcia, Joao Plata (Robbie Findley, 65th).
"This is not only my record. It’s got my name on it but there are a lot of guys who need credit for it," Rimando said.
In this one, Rimando had plenty of help from his back line.
If there were questions about Real Salt Lake’s back line coming into the night, Chris Schuler quieted them. The RSL defender scored his first goal of the season—and then his second— in a the win. Schuler scored in the 14th and 24th minutes, in a victory that pushed RSL to the top of the MLS standings for the time being.
The game started with a positive omen for RSL.
In the 11th minute, forward Joao Plata, the shortest man on the roster at just 5-feet, 2 inches, scored a rare header, directing a Luke Mulholland cross by D.C. keeper Bill Hamid.
Plata and RSL had barely finished celebrating at the corner flag when Schuler doubled the lead. Standing 6-foot-5, Schuler, the tallest player on the roster, showed some touch with his feet, taking Javier Morales’ pass and turning it into a 2-0 advantage.
Morales would find Schuler again in the 24th minute, sending in a corner kick that Schuler headed into the back of the net.
The offensive onslaught was one RSL wished it could have provided in its last meeting with D.C. United. Last Oct. 1, D.C., then the worst club in Major League Soccer, stole the U.S. Open Cup trophy from RSL in a 1-0 title game.
But while Saturday’s goals won’t help there, they were crucial for RSL. The win gave RSL 39 points on the season, enough to overtake Seattle for the top spot in the West. The Sounders sit at 38 points, but have played three fewer games than RSL.
RSL has now also matched Sporting Kansas City for the top spot in the league table.