RIMANDO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT UNION'S SEITZ

Nick Rimando knows exactly what Chris Seitz is going through.

The veteran Rimando and the youngster Seitz used to be teammates, paired in the same stable of goalkeepers at Real Salt Lake from 2007-2009.

But Seitz – once considered the future in net at RSL and possibly someday with the U.S. national team – landed in Philadelphia after Rimando held the top spot in Utah and eventually piloted the club to the 2009 MLS Cup.

That’s where their career paths deviate, but their similarities start to grow. Seitz has drawn his fair share of criticism for the Union’s rough start to 2010, much like the well-traveled journeyman Rimando did during previous stints before his stay with RSL.

“I had that in Miami, I had that in DC – you have the fans on your back,” said Rimando, who faces his former backup when RSL host Philadelphia on Saturday night. “I’ve told him – it’s tough. And when you make a couple of mistakes it’s really easy to point the finger at the goalkeeper.”

When Real Salt Lake traded the young, talented ‘keeper to the expansion Union in November, it wasn’t a move the club was anxious to make. Instead it was simply a business move, opting to take $175,000 in allocation money in the deal to help lock down Kyle Beckerman and eventually sign imported striker Alvaro Saborio.

But according to Rimando, the experience Seitz is getting now is invaluable. If the youngster does hope to one day develop into the talent so many expected him to be when he debuted in 2007, he’ll have to pay his dues the same way all veterans do in time.

“For a goalkeeper, the most important thing to do is play. That’s how you get better,” Rimando said. “It's important for him to get games, to be the next big goalkeeper that everyone said that he was going to be.”


The veteran Rimando and the youngster Seitz used to be teammates, paired in the same stable of goalkeepers at Real Salt Lake from 2007-2009.

But Seitz – once considered the future in net at RSL and possibly someday with the U.S. national team – landed in Philadelphia after Rimando held the top spot in Utah and eventually piloted the club to the 2009 MLS Cup.

That’s where their career paths deviate, but their similarities start to grow. Seitz has drawn his fair share of criticism for the Union’s rough start to 2010, much like the well-traveled journeyman Rimando did during previous stints before his stay with RSL.

“I had that in Miami, I had that in DC – you have the fans on your back,” said Rimando, who faces his former backup when RSL host Philadelphia on Saturday night. “I’ve told him – it’s tough. And when you make a couple of mistakes it’s really easy to point the finger at the goalkeeper.”

When Real Salt Lake traded the young, talented ‘keeper to the expansion Union in November, it wasn’t a move the club was anxious to make. Instead it was simply a business move, opting to take $175,000 in allocation money in the deal to help lock down Kyle Beckerman and eventually sign imported striker Alvaro Saborio.

But according to Rimando, the experience Seitz is getting now is invaluable. If the youngster does hope to one day develop into the talent so many expected him to be when he debuted in 2007, he’ll have to pay his dues the same way all veterans do in time.

“For a goalkeeper, the most important thing to do is play. That’s how you get better,” Rimando said. “It's important for him to get games, to be the next big goalkeeper that everyone said that he was going to be.”