Nick Rimando is up for save of the year for his penalty save against Robbie Keane in the opening match of 2014, but if we're to be frank, it's hardly his best one.
The voting for save of the year has not been conducive to discovering the best saves from a single player — but at least Rimando is up for some recognition there. And he's been hotly tipped to be in contention for goalkeeper of the year, which is some recognition, but it's not everything.
Regardless of whether this save is his best or not, it's still a fantastic penalty save here. He stays on his line well, and he reacts well to the deceptive Keane. But the other saves in contention have a degree of the spectacular about them, and that will make it tough for Nick to get his award this year.
So, with that in mind, we'll be starting a tournament of our own focused on Rimando and his compatriot Jeff Attinella: Real Salt Lake Save of the Year. But we want this to be as conducive to finding the best as we can, so we need your input. There's a little poll down there, but let's talk about our options first.
There will necessarily be competition among really good goals. But we could maybe lessen that with a rudimentary seeding system. We'll try to compile Rimando's best saves, and we could start by seeding goals up for save of the week higher than goals not. and goals that won said award even higher. I'll take care of that part, but if you can think of some great goals from the king, let's hear 'em in the comments.
We'll cap our voting at an number divisible by four: 32, 48, something like that. How should we structure it? Your options — and if you have other ideas, send them along — as follows.
- An initial play-in group stage (four per group) followed by a seeded knockout tournament.
- An initial play-in group stage (four per group) followed by another group, then followed by a seeded knockout tournament.
- Seeded groups of three until we reach the last 8 saves, followed by a seeded knockout tournament.
- Groups all the way down: Knockout groups of three or four until we reach the very end.