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Nick Rimando claims MLS Player of the Week honor

Nick Rimando, goalkeeper for Real Salt Lake, was named player of the week Monday.

United States goalkeeper Nick Rimando yells to his team during the first half of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. Rimando has been named MLS Player of the Week this week. UPI/Brian Kersey | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/4e9a9ce86e5156471f43e64e7e814dbf/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
United States goalkeeper Nick Rimando yells to his team during the first half of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. Rimando has been named MLS Player of the Week this week. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

New York, N.Y. (SportsNetwork.com) - Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was named the Player of the Week on Monday for the opening week of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

Rimando held the Los Angeles Galaxy scoreless on Saturday night and made nine saves to preserve a 1-0 win for his club.

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In the 38th minute, Galaxy forward Robbie Keane slotted a ball behind the Salt Lake defense to teammate Landon Donovan, who was looking for his MLS-record 135 goal, however, Rimando denied Donovan's shot from just outside the six-yard box with a quick dive to his left.

With Salt Lake up 1-0 in fourth minute of stoppage time, a penalty kick was called in favor of the Galaxy. Keane stepped up to the spot and shot the ball to the lower left corner, but Rimando successfully saved the shot with a dive to his right, preserving the win for Salt Lake..

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from the North America Soccer Reporters (NASR). The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.

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