RSL, Rimando Agree to Contract Extension

MLS Cup '09 MVP to stay in Claret-and-Cobalt through 2013

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REAL SALT LAKE
GOALKEEPER NICK RIMANDO SIGNS CONTRACT
EXTENSION THROUGH 2013

11-Year MLS Veteran Will Continue to Climb MLS Record
Books in Claret-and-Cobalt;

Rimando Available for Comment Following RSL’s 10:30
a.m. Training Session at U of U’s Spence Eccles Field House

SANDY, Utah (Friday, February 4,
2011) – Real Salt Lake today continued its offseason theme of shoring up
the core of its squad, with General Manager/V.P. of Soccer Operations Garth
Lagerwey
announcing the club has agreed to terms on a contract extension
with goalkeeper Nick Rimando. With the one-year extension – for which
financial terms will not be disclosed, per team policy – the two-time MLS Cup
champion and 2009 MLS Cup MVP will remain with the Claret-and-Cobalt through
the conclusion of the 2013 MLS campaign.

Rimando will be available for comment this
morning following Real Salt Lake’s training session at the University of
Utah’s Spence Eccles Field House
(650 Guardsman Way). The practice, which
will mark the club’s lone Utah-based session for the next two weeks, will start
at 10:30 a.m. MT, with media availability set to follow at approximately 11:30
a.m.

“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.”

The
31-year-old netminder enjoyed the best season of his illustrious 11-year MLS
career in 2010, a campaign that included his first ever MLS All-Star Game
appearance, June’s MLS Player of the Month honor, a career- and League-high 14
shutouts and a career-best goals against average of 0.67, a mark that was the
second lowest in League annals and smashed the previous mark of 0.77 set by Pat
Onstad. Rimando was a key cog in RSL’s record-setting defense, as he posted the
two longest shutout streaks for a goalkeeper in MLS during the season, the
568-minute (3rd all-time) and 511-minute (6th all-time) stretches
contributing to the 3rd and 4th longest shutout runs for
a team in MLS history. Rimando’s 2010 season marked a continuation of his
stellar form in 2009, when his remarkable play and clutch shot-stopping led
Real Salt Lake through the playoffs and to its first MLS Cup crown, in which he
earned the MLS Cup MVP award and his second League championship ring in the
process.

“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.”

Rimando’s
2010 numbers contributed to his continued climb up the MLS career charts in
nearly every meaningful goalkeeping statistic, as he now ranks tied for third
in victories
(107, tied with RSL alum Scott Garlick) and shutouts (74, tied
with Vancouver’s Joe Cannon); fourth in games played (255), starts
(255), and minutes played (23,103); sixth in saves (966); and ninth
in goals against average
(1.24). His numbers since joining Real Salt Lake
prior to the 2007 season have been even more impressive, overcoming the team’s
struggles during his first season in Utah to post a 41-37-32 record, 72.9 save
percentage, 38 shutouts, and 1.12 GAA in 110 regular season appearances and
starts – all of which place him atop RSL’s all-time charts in the categories.

Prior
to coming to the Wasatch Front, Rimando won MLS Cup 2004 with D.C. United in
the middle of his five-year stint at RFK Stadium (2002-06). The UCLA product
would begin his professional career with two seasons with Miami Fusion FC from
2000-01, during which he – along with fellow netminders Lagerwey and RSL
Assistant Coach Jeff Cassar – helped lead the South Florida side to the 2001
Supporters Shield and a berth in the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final.

In
addition to his League exploits, Rimando continues to remain on the U.S. Men’s
National Team radar, his fifth “cap” for the Senior side on January 22 against
Chile – in which he notched a shutout opening 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw at The
Home Depot Center in his native Southern California – coming a decade and a half
after he was a stalwart for the USA’s Under-17 side. Since making his full team
debut in November 2002, Rimando has compiled a 2-0-0 record and 0.29 GAA in
five international friendly contests (1 GA in 315 minutes played).

The contract extension for Rimando marks the
latest move in a successful offseason for the Real Salt Lake Technical Staff,
which either re-signed or traded for the attacking trio of Costa Rican
international and 2010 MLS Newcomer of the Year Álvaro Saborío, El
Salvadoran international and MLS veteran Arturo Alvarez, and exciting
Brazilian striker Paulo Jr. before the calendar turned to 2011. Rimando
is the second key player to sign an extension in the last three weeks,
following in the footsteps of MF Will Johnson, who will don the Claret-and-Cobalt
through 2014.

Fans can secure their
seats now for both Real Salt Lake’s March 1 CONCACAF Quarterfinal Leg Two
fixture against the Columbus Crew
and its March 26 MLS home opener
against the Los Angeles Galaxy
via the “RSL 2011 2-Pack” (beginning
at just $80) and the “RSL 2011 Flex 10-Pack” (beginning at $200). Both
of these special ticket offers, in addition to single-game tickets for both
matches and RSL 2011 Season Ticket Packages
, can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com, over the phone
at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium box office
during regular business hours: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. MT.

TRANSACTION:
Real Salt Lake extends contract of goalkeeper Nick Rimando through the end of
the 2013 MLS season.

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