Q& A with Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando

By Michael C. Lewis The Salt Lake Tribune

Published April 23rd 2012 1:03 pm



The goalkeeper for Real Salt Lake is a two-time MLS Cup champion, a married father of two, and really into his tunes.

Q: You're a big music fan, right?

A: Yeah, I like going to concerts, listening to music in the backyard. Turn on the iPod. I usually just put it on shuffle, because I like such an array of music. I just enjoy it. It mellows me out, and gets me away from soccer.

Q: What kind of music don't you like?

A: That's tough. I used to say I didn't like country, until I went to my first country concert. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were amazing. So I went home and downloaded all their music. … I don't really like deep, deep South kind of rap. But I'm pretty much a fan of all kinds of music.

Q: How did you become such a big music fan?

A: I think just growing up in California, there's a lot of music in that area, different types of music. … You just got so much thrown at you in California. I grabbed ahold of all of it, and wherever I went, I brought it there.

Q: Speaking of California, you went to UCLA. Who's your favorite fellow Bruin?

A: Troy Aikman.

Q: Do you have a favorite restaurant in town?

A: Pago and Eggs in the City.

Q: What artists are on your iPod that fans might be surprised to find there?

A: "Britney Spears, Jewel. 'N Sync. Carrie Underwood."

Q: On your team bio, you describe yourself as the perfect slowdancer. Did you take a class for that?

A: "That was supposed to be kind of a joke. It gets kind of ridiculous when the same team asks you for your bio every single year. When I was in D.C., it was just like, 'Oh, my gosh! Let's put some ridiculous stuff in there.' And they printed it one year in D.C., and I kind of carried it on over here."

Q: How would you describe yourself off the field, in one word?

A: Loyal.

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The goalkeeper for Real Salt Lake is a two-time MLS Cup champion, a married father of two, and really into his tunes.

Q: You're a big music fan, right?

A: Yeah, I like going to concerts, listening to music in the backyard. Turn on the iPod. I usually just put it on shuffle, because I like such an array of music. I just enjoy it. It mellows me out, and gets me away from soccer.

Q: What kind of music don't you like?

A: That's tough. I used to say I didn't like country, until I went to my first country concert. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were amazing. So I went home and downloaded all their music. … I don't really like deep, deep South kind of rap. But I'm pretty much a fan of all kinds of music.

Q: How did you become such a big music fan?

A: I think just growing up in California, there's a lot of music in that area, different types of music. … You just got so much thrown at you in California. I grabbed ahold of all of it, and wherever I went, I brought it there.

Q: Speaking of California, you went to UCLA. Who's your favorite fellow Bruin?

A: Troy Aikman.

Q: Do you have a favorite restaurant in town?

A: Pago and Eggs in the City.

Q: What artists are on your iPod that fans might be surprised to find there?

A: "Britney Spears, Jewel. 'N Sync. Carrie Underwood."

Q: On your team bio, you describe yourself as the perfect slowdancer. Did you take a class for that?

A: "That was supposed to be kind of a joke. It gets kind of ridiculous when the same team asks you for your bio every single year. When I was in D.C., it was just like, 'Oh, my gosh! Let's put some ridiculous stuff in there.' And they printed it one year in D.C., and I kind of carried it on over here."

Q: How would you describe yourself off the field, in one word?

A: Loyal.

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