Rimando inches toward shutout record

Rimando inches toward shutout record

MLS- Real Salt Lake

Rimando inches toward shutout record

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With his clean sheet against the Chicago Fire Thursday night, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando extended his shutout streak to 498 minutes, the fourth-longest streak in Major League Soccer history.

Rimando, who was so clutch in Salt Lake's improbable run to the MLS Cup last season, hasn't allowed a goal since Kansas City's Josh Wolff beat him in the 42nd minute of a 4-1 RSL win on May 29.

Should Rimando and Salt Lake shut out FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park next week, then eclipsing Tony Meola's all-time record of 681 minutes (set in 2000) would become even more of a legitimate possibility. Salt Lake's two games after that come at home against Chivas USA and D.C. United, two of the more anemic offenses in the league.

Currently, Rimando is behind Meola, Pat Onstad (547 minutes, 2007) and Kevin Hartman (521, 2006) in the all-time record book.

What do you make of Rimando's streak? Do you think he should start the MLS All-Star game? Do you expect him to break the record? Where do you think he ranks all-time among MLS goalkeepers?

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