May 11, 2018 / 10:42 PM / 4 months ago

Rimando eyeing 200th win as RSL hosts D.C. United

Nick Rimando is the all-time winningest goalkeeper in MLS history.

His next milestone is earning career win No. 200.

Rimando hopes to achieve that landmark victory when Real Salt Lake hosts D.C. United on Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

It certainly doesn’t hurt Rimando’s chances that D.C. (1-4-2) is struggling to find the back of the net.

D.C. United have scored just eight goals on the season, a prime reason why the organization is seeking to add the services of English star Wayne Rooney, who currently plays for Everton of the Premier League.

The former Manchester United stalwart has reportedly agreed to a deal in principle but wouldn’t be able to join D.C. United until July 10, when the transfer window opens. Coincidentally, D.C. United move into brand new Audi Field on July 14.

The opening of the new field has led to some crazy scheduling for D.C. United. Saturday’s contest is just the third in a 42-day span and the second of eight consecutive road matches.

“A little bit of a strange schedule,” coach Ben Olsen told reporters. “What we have ahead of us is seven games away, so let’s go. Let’s get after it in the right way.”

D.C. United and Real Salt Lake (3-5-1) have each dropped three of their past four matches.

Real Salt Lake have always fared well at home against D.C. United, with a 7-1-2 career mark. And Saturday’s match is RSL’s lone one on the home pitch in a five-match stretch, which adds to the importance of the contest.

RSL scored the first goal in their last match before Orlando City dominated the second half and recorded a 3-1 win.

“We’re still figuring it out, but I take a lot of positives from the last game,” midfielder Kyle Beckerman told reporters. “We’re a young group, so we’re learning a lot on the go. Scoring goals helps to do that, but it’s tough being in the thick of things.

“We’ll learn from it, and maybe play a little more conservative when we get the lead and notice we’ve been getting after it with the second goal not coming.”

Forward Joao Plata leads RSL with three goals. D.C. United forward Darren Mattocks also had three goals to lead his club.

The 38-year-old Rimando, who has a 2.11 goals-against average this season, is 12-5-5 lifetime against D.C. United, the team he played with from 2002-06.

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