Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Langerwey announced that the team have signed veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando to a one-year extension through the 2013 season.
“We are happy to have been able to reach an agreement with Nick to reward him for his stellar performance in goal,” said Lagerwey. “We continue to be an organization that puts our players first and treats them with respect. By choosing to keep our veteran core intact we are setting a goal that we will win championships this season.”
Rimando, an 11-year veteran of Major League Soccer, is a two-time MLS Cup Champion, and 2009 MLS Cup Most Valuable Player and is widely respected as one of the best the league has to offer.
“We wanted to get this process over quickly, and a lot of credit goes to the RSL front office, Garth Lagerwey, and Jason Kreis for rewarding me with this new contract. This would not be possible without their help, and I think the mutual respect we all have for each other and the organization went a long way in getting a deal done,” said Rimando.
“Now I can focus completely on the important things, and so it’s all eyes on CONCACAF. I don’t have to think about numbers or years, I just have to think about the Columbus Crew and ways to bring more trophies to our team and our fans.”
The 31-year-old Rimando, gets a well deserved extension after one of his best seasons as a professional. Rimando recorded a career and league-high 14 shut-outs and posted a 0.67 goals against average, good enough for the second best average in MLS history. He was also selected to his first All-Star Game.
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