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RSL beats D.C., Rimando breaks shutout record

In a flurry of a first half, RSL got three goals and maintained that lead to give Rimando the shutout record in MLS.

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On a night when Nick Rimando could pull ahead of the all time MLS shutout, Real Salt Lake look determined from the first half and ended up having arguably their best game of the year. RSL opened up their account for the game in the 11th minute with a nice header goal from Joao Plata off of a nice pass from Luke Mulholland. A couple minutes later, Schuler got a goal from point blank range off of an unbelievable assist from Javier Morales. Who would have thought that Plata would head one in and Schuler would put one in with his feet?

Just to put the universe back in order, Schuler put another goal in in the 24th minute, this time with his head as we would expect. Javier notched another assist and now sits 2nd in the league in that category behind someone named Thierry Henry.

The RSL defense looked as focused as anybody else and in the second half that was exactly the crew that shined on the field. Nick Rimando did his fair share to earn his shutout record with a couple of nice saves, particularly off of some takes by Eddie Johnson. The four in front of Rimando really looked like they wanted to help win that record as well and RSL came away with a clean sheet for Rimando who now has a lot of games in front of him to really build on that record and solidify it for years to come.