CONCACAF Player of the Week: Nick Rimando

CONCACAF Player of the Week
Nick Rimando
AGE 34
POSITION Goalkeeper
Real Salt Lake

LA Galaxy 0-1 Real Salt Lake

The LA Galaxy attack was strong Saturday night, but Nick Rimando was stronger. He got a bit of help from the post on one occasion, but no assistance was necessary for the majority of the night.

The highlight of the night was clearly his penalty save off Robbie Keane in the dying minutes of the match, with Real Salt Lake clinging to a 1-0 lead. He made the game's biggest play and helped new manager Jeff Cassar to a debut victory.

It wasn't only that moment that earned Rimando this week's plaudits, though the drama didn't hurt anything. He faced 27 total shots, being forced into 10 total saves, as the Galaxy continued to bear down on his goal. In the end he kept a clean sheet to earn the CONCACAF Player of the Week honors.

Congratulations to Nick Rimando, Goal's 13th CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!

  The Shortlist

Aron Johannsson - AZ, USA

Normally scoring two goals in a European league will secure the top spot, but as Goal USA's Ives Galarcep asks in his nomination, "Are Eredivisie goals just too easy to score?" Not quite, since, as Seth Vertelney writes, his second goal "came with a ridiculous 360 move inside the box. He also got a player sent off."

Alan Pulido - Tigres, Mexico

"Pulido had a goal and assist for Tigres against Cruz Azul and played really well," as Tigres pinned the first defeat on the Maquina this tournament, wrote Goal USA's Tom Marshall. He also put in a half of work for El Tri in a 0-0 draw with Nigeria.

Will Bruin - Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo forward notched two of his club's goals as it hung four on the New England Revolution. "Both of his goals were nice, one was especially nasty, and his assist was quality too," wrote Seth Vertelney. The Indiana University product had a down year last season, but if he can continue that form the Dynamo could be a dangerous MLS team.

Keylor Navas - Levante

Yes, he saw the ball fly into the back of his net three times, but it would've been far, far worse if he hadn't been between the sticks. Ronaldo got his revenge after Navas sternly denied him early on. The third was an own goal where it seemed like his teammate was absolutely determined to turn into his own net.