REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Filipino-American Nick Rimando earned a spot on the U.S. men’s national soccer team roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Rimando will serve as one of the US team's three goalkeepers, along with Tim Howard and Brad Guzan.
After learning that he had made the squad’s final 23-man roster, Rimando expressed his excitement via Twitter, where he wrote: “Living my dream, feel so blessed and honored to represent the USA in the 2014 World Cup.”
The California native played some of the best soccer of his 14-year career leading up to the announcement.
In eight games this season, he led Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake to a 5-0-3 record while recording 31 saves and three shutouts.
Up to this point, Rimando has collected 14 caps with the U.S. national team. In 2013, he helped the club win the CONCACAF Gold Cup by allowing just four goals in six games.
This will be Rimando’s first World Cup.
The U.S. will kick off its championship campaign on June 16 against Ghana.