Nick Rimando Relives The 2009 MLS Cup, Shares Insight With Fans
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake are trying to keep their beloved fans happy and watching soccer, again. Despite the madness that the world finds itself in, RSL is hoping to be a ray of distraction and relive the glory days.
On Wednesday, March 25, fans tuned in to re-watch the biggest game of the club’s history, the 2009 MLS Cup final against the LA Galaxy, via a live stream on rls.com.
Former RSL goalkeeper and greatest goalkeeper to ever grace an MLS pitch, Nick Rimando, shared his thoughts on Twitter as the match unfolded-
Rimando would even share a photo of the setup he has at his home.
The bus ride to the stadium was quiet, the players were fixated on the task at hand and with the help of some music blasting through earphones, the players geared up for the biggest game in club history.
Rimando also noted that Javier Morale’s ability to play defense was what separated himself from the other number 10’s in the league.
Morales would, unfortunately, have to be subbed off in the 22nd minute after tearing his meniscus in his left knee following a gruesome challenge with David Beckham.
Michael Magee would eventually score late in the first half to give the Galaxy a lot of momentum going into half time. Rimando shared a lot of insight as to how the goal unfolded.
Fortunately, Robbie Findley, third on the list of RSL’s all-time leading goalscorer with 36, put the ball in the back of the onion bag in the 64th minute. The goal would eventually push the game into extra time and ultimately penalties…
The penalty shoot was intense. Rimando made the first save after denying Jovan Kirovski with a diving save to his right.
Beckerman would step up next with the intent to give RSL a slight buffer. However, his shot, that was headed for the side netting, would be saved and the shoot out was back to being all square.
The captain of the Galaxy, Landon Donavon would then step up to the plate, it seemed as though he quickly got a case of the yips after he skied his shot above the crossbar. Advantage RSL, yet again.
Ned Grabavoy would then calmly slot his attempt. The next man up was Andy Williams, unfortunately, his shot, that would have won the cup for RSL was saved after Williams tried to pass the ball along the ground to the keepers right.
Rimando would have to make one more big stop, and it came. A diving save to his right denied Edson Buddle which gave Robbie Russell a chance to bring the MLS Cup back to Salt Lake City.
He would calmly sneak the ball just inside the left post. Victory RSL.
Rimando spoke on the aftermath in the locker room, and how David Beckham spoke to the RSL players. He congratulated them on a terrific season.
We also hope Rimando’s mom made a healthy recovery! A broken ankle does not sound like it was part of the celebration plans.
Tom Hackett is a Utah and Real Salt Lake Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (Utah Football themed) and The Lion’s Den Podcast (Real Salt Lake themed). Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett.