Nick Rimando Named MVP Of MLS Cup

Nov. 22, 2009

Former UCLA goalkeeper Nick Rimando (1997-99) made two saves in the penalty kick shootout to lead Real Salt Lake to its first-ever MLS Cup championship. For his heroics, Rimando was named the MLS Cup MVP.

In the seventh round of penalty kicks, Rimando made a save on a shot by the Los Angeles Galaxy's Edson Buddle, and then Salt Lake's Robbie Russell beat Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders with a shot into the lower left corner to clinch the win.

Real Salt Lake won its second consecutive shootout victory, having beaten Chicago 5-4 on penalties last week in the Eastern Conference championship. Rimando made three saves on the last four penalty shots in that game.

The Galaxy had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by Mike Magee in the 41st minute, and Robbie Findley scored in the 64th to tie the game and eventually send the game into overtime.

Real Salt Lake features two UCLA players in Rimando and Tony Beltran (2006-07). This is Rimando's second MLS title. He previously won with DC United in 2004. A UCLA alumnus has won an MLS championship in each of the last six years.

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