Real Salt Lake boasted the stingiest defense in MLS this year, and while centerbacks Jamison Olave and Nat Borchers played key roles in RSL allowing the fewest goals in MLS, goalkeeper Nick Rimando was arguably the most important factor in the defending MLS champions strong defensive showing in 2010.
Rimando's league-leading 14 shutouts and his dynamic presence in the penalty area for RSL helped him earn SBI MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors.
Four of six voters chose Rimando as the league's top keeper after he finished the year with the second-most wins and third-highest save percentage in the league. he finished the year with career highs in shutouts (14), wins (15) and goals-against average (0.67).
Kevin Hartman finished second in the SBI voting, garnering two of six first-place votes (including mine). Hartman finished with a league-high 0.62 goals-against average, a league-high 78.9 save percentage and a 10-1-8 record as a starter. Donovan Ricketts finished third in the voting.
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