Atlanta United want to sign Nick Rimando from Real Salt Lake

Alex Menendez

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando holds MLS goalkeeper records for shutouts, victories and games played, but he could be headed east after a lengthy tenure as the Wall of the Wasatch.

Sources say Atlanta United is interested in landing Rimando for the 2017 season. Rimando has one year left on a contract that pays him a guaranteed $420,000, making him the second-highest paid goalkeeper in the league behind Tim Howard. The big question is whether Salt Lake will protect Rimando and his big salary number ahead of the Dec. 13 expansion draft.

There’s already a link between the 37-year-old Rimando and Atlanta. He is close to Atlanta technical director Carlos Bocanegra, his former youth club and UCLA teammate.

Rimando has been with RSL for 10 seasons and was instrumental in the club’s 2009 MLS Cup title, winning match MVP honors in the penalty shootout win over the LA Galaxy in Seattle. 

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