The unquestioned hero of RSL’s scoreless draw at Seattle tonight was goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who made five saves in an overall dazzling performance.
Here’s some reaction from both sides.
RSL coach JASON KREIS
“I just got off the radio and said it, and I’ll say it again: I think it will have to go down as one of the single best individual performances by any player that’s ever worn an RSL jersey.”
On whether Rimando’s facial injury nearly took him out of the game: “We thought he was going to have to come out. We thought it was going to be a laceration that they couldn’t get the blood stopped, and if that’s the case, then he has to come out. They did a good job getting the blood stopped and Nick continued on with a real brave effort.”
On holding Seattle scoreless for four straight games: “It’s about everybody; it’s about 11 players. Certainly, Nick made some individual plays tonight to make some stops on some corner kicks and such, but the 11 players in front of him were simply fantastic as well.”
Goalkeeper NICK RIMANDO
On how he is feeling: “I feel good. I took a hit, but I feel okay, focus, and my eye sight is fine. I’m ready to get back home and handle business on Thursday.”
On that play: “I just got told. I have no idea. I commit for a ball and the next thing I know I’m on the ground. I was told that Christian Tiffert kind of followed trough, not intentionally, but he followed through with his forearm and got me.”
On if this was his best performance ever: “I don’t know, you have to ask my teammates. It was a good result for us here for sure, a result that we’re okay with going home to.”
On if he has a favorite save: “No just the shutout. Just to come here and get the shut out. You want to always go in and do your job, and the job was done here tonight, not just by me but by my teammates as well.”
On how does it feel for him to come and contribute mightily: “These are the playoffs. Big players step up in big games, and I think everybody stepped up tonight, it wasn’t just me. I did my part for sure, but so did everybody else.”
Midfielder NED GRABAVOY
On Rimando’s game: “It’s just pretty unreal. Both of those corner kick in a row I’m on the post so I have the best view of anybody and I see the ball come in and I see that their guy is going to win it no question. He goes ahead and I think it is a goal all the way. The first one he just tips right over the crossbar. The second one was another split second reaction. Nick’s a battler and there is no question that he is the best goalkeeper in the league in my eyes. He’s a pure shit stopper and just a guy that’s won everywhere he’s been. I can’t say enough about Nicky, he’s the man of the match tonight.”
Midfielder KYLE BECKERMAN
On the play where Rimando got hit: “I’m not sure. They crossed the ball in, and it was just a split second reaction where I had to kick it out, the guy was coming in to attack it, and Nick was coming out to defend it I couldn’t really see, but he has a nice little gash on his eye.”
On Rimando’s performance: “Nick is a big time player for us and he’s been one of the best goalkeepers in the league for years now. He does it year after year so people expect it, and tonight he had another game like he always has.
Sounders midfielder MAURO ROSALES
“ I think we did a correct game today we had a lot of chances but their keeper had an amazing night and we have to keep going. … If a keeper has a night like tonight sometimes it’s just impossible to score you can shoot from everywhere and not score. Good thing is we generated many chances offensively it was a good game but we have to get going. If we win this game we have to win the next one. We are in the same place now we have to go there and win with the same mentality.”
Sounders coach SIGI SCHMID
On not scoring a goal in 360 minutes against RSL this season: “We’ve been a pretty good goal-scoring team over the last two years, and we just need to know that it’s a mutually exclusive event. The next game is mutually exclusive from this game and just because we didn’t get a goal in this game means nothing in regards to the next game. We could pop free for two or three.”
On Rimando: “Yeah, I don’t like it when goalkeepers get hot against us. I know Nicky (Rimando) fairly well and he’s a good goalkeeper. He’s courageous and his reactions are good. The one save he made against Sammy (Ochoa), he actually parries the ball off the crossbar and over the goal. If he doesn’t get quite a hand on it, three inches lower, it hits the bottom of the crossbar and goes in. He played well, he had a good performance, but the week before in LA Saunders came up with three big time saves, as well.”
Sounders keeper MICHAEL GSPURNING
On Rimando’s play: “He had a great game and awesome saves. I looked afterwards at his face and he looked a little damaged. So all the best to him that he recovers 100-percent. He was one reason we didn’t score today.”
Seattle forward SAMMY OCHOA
The ball wouldn’t go in today. We’re going to have to take care of business down there. It’s going to have to go in down there. Like we said, it’s the first half. We still have the second half to go.
On his on-frame header that Rimando knocked over the crossbar: As soon as it went off of my head I was sure that was going in. But Nick made a good save. We’ve just got to go out there in Salt Lake and take care of business.