Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake
, it’s one of only two major league sports teams in the state of Utah and goalkeeper, Nick Rimando
, is one of the faces of the franchise. On the field, he’s become one of the top goalies in the country, but off the field, Nick is a loving father who enjoys reaching out and connecting with his fans. Shauna Lake
got a chance to sit down and talk with Nick, “Person 2 Person.”
Below is a transcript of Shauna’s interview with Nick Rimando
"What has it been like for you to be a player here and what are some of the highlights of your career thus far?"NICK RIMANDO:
"I think the highlights; the first thing that comes to mind is winning the championship in 2009. It was a rough road to get there. I came here when Real was just a name. We didn’t have an identity, a style of play. Jason Kreis took over and really revamped the team, picked his players, had the right attitudes, and we made it work in 2009."
: "You get a lot of credit for bringing fans into this sport because you are so involved in social media. You really make those fans feel like they know Nick as a person."NICK RIMANDO
: "I do. I think it’s an avenue that fans can relate with you, and they’re not only fans while you’re on the field. They want to be involved. They want to know what Nick Rimando does off the field. What Kyle Beckerman does off the field. I think it’s just an avenue, an easy avenue for me to get them involved and we’re very approachable players. We want to be. We need that approachability to be there so fans can talk to us and for the growth for soccer to grown here, not only in Utah but in the United States."
"I’m glad you said you were approachable because now I’m going to ask you a few questions about your life. Because I think people want to know that you’re a dad. You’re a dad of two kids. Tell me, you’re a superstar goalie. You know exactly what you’re doing on the soccer field; tell me what it’s like to be a father for you. There’s no real rulebook."NICK RIMANDO:
"No there isn’t. There’s definitely not a rulebook for that. You kind of get thrown into the fire a little bit, but it’s definitely one of the best feelings and things you could have. I adore my kids, I adore my family. Utah is such a family oriented state, and I think half of Utah knows what my kids look like. They follow me on Instagram and Twitter
and it’s just fun. It’s fun to get them involved and to bring them on the field. Numerous fans come up to me and tell me how they adore my kids coming onto the field after the game. It’s one of the reasons I love being here. People really just bring us in and we really feel like family."
"Your kids play soccer. You’re not their coach. Tell me a little bit about that. Is there any pressure for them?"
: "I hope not. I don’t want pressure. I’ve never had pressure growing up. My father put me in every sport and let me do what I wanted to do. He didn’t play soccer; he wrestled, played football, played baseball. One thing he didn’t do is play soccer. But I loved that he supported me. I want to do that with my kids. They love soccer right now, I think because daddy does it and mommy does it, but I want to let them do what they want to do. If they do play soccer, my wife’s their coach, and it’s fun to see them running out there and having fun with smiles on their faces. They’re definitely competitive. I think they get that from me, but it’s fun to see them out there and playing and kind of relating with me a little bit."
"You said you’re approachable. I want to know about your tattoos. You have a lot of tattoos. I want to know your favorite one, if you’re willing to show us, and if it has some meaning behind it."NICK RIMANDO:
"Favorite ones I think would have to be my kids. I have Jett on my arm, maybe you could see there and it’s his hand. He was born with two thumbs. So it has six fingers and it means I love you and then his name here. That one and then I have Benny Rose up my side that is my daughter’s name." SHAUNA LAKE:
"Tell me something that makes you really angry."NICK RIMANDO:
"Really angry? When my kids don’t listen."
"Something you are crazy passionate about?"
"My family.SHAUNA LAKE
: Something you would like to see changed?"NICK RIMANDO:
"The salary cap."SHAUNA LAKE:
"Nick, thank you so much it’s been so nice getting to know you “Person 2 Person.”
"Thank you for having me. I appreciate it."Nick Rimando is the goalkeeper for the ReAL Salt Lake Major League Soccer Team. You can follow Nick Rimando on Twitter: @NickRimando
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