KRIS LINDSAY - Thursday, April 18, 2013
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was honored in the 2013 Governor's State of Sports Awards in the state of Utah, winning both Pro Male Athlete of the Year and Highlight of the Year.
Rimando beat out 2013 Super Bowl winners Paul Kruger and Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens and 2012 NHL Stanley Cup winner Trevor Lewis, all who are originally from the state of Utah. Rimando posted 100 saves last season and 16 total shutouts in all competitions. The keeper also allowed only three goals in the last seven regular season games of 2012.
The Real Salt Lake keeper also took home the Highlight of the Year award for his incredible effort in the 2012 Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the Seattle Sounders. Playing with a broken nose, the keeper made save after save in a valiant effort, preserving a clean sheet on the road.
The American international has cemented his place as the third goalkeeper for the United States Men's National Team behind Premier League keepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Rimando played in a friendly between the USA and Panama, helping to preserve a 1-0 victory and earning his sixth cap.