2012 Stats: Shutouts – 14 (2nd in league), Goals Allowed – 35 (3rd in league), Saves – 89 (16th in league)
Incoming players: Jeff Attinella (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Josh Saunders (LA Galaxy)
Outgoing players: (Kyle Reynish, released, NY Cosmos)
Players on the mend: none
Key players for 2013: Rimando – he’s likely to rule the roost once again in the RSL net.
This is the first in a series of posts comparing RSL to the rest of the league by position. The goalkeeper position has seen some changes as Josh Saunders has come over from the Galaxy to take the place of Kyle Reynish as Nick Rimando’s backup. Key statistics for each goalkeeper have been provided, but the two I’d like to highlight are Goals Against Average and Shutouts. Rimando’s GAA of 1.06 ranks him fifth in the league for 2012 with a minimum of ten games played, and his 12 shutouts in 31 games ties him for second in the league. Saunders tied for tenth in the league with a GAA of 1.33 and ranked fourth in shutouts with 9 in 27 games.
Comparing Saunders to Reynish is difficult. Reynish has very good numbers in these two areas with a GAA of 0.67 and two shutouts in three games. However, Saunders’ experience in big games gives him the advantage. The addition of Saunders as a backup for Rimando makes the goalkeeper position for RSL one of the strongest in the league. Read more thoughts on the signing of Josh Saunders.
Expect another season of impressive performances from the RSL keepers. In the next post we’ll take a look at the RSL defense which has also seen significant change.