MLS Cup: Which team has the edge in goalkeeping? Sporting Kansas City or Real Salt Lake?

Jimmy Nielsen and Nick Rimando

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Ahead of MLS Cup 2013 on Dec. 7, MLSsoccer.com takes a look at how Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake compare as they head into the title match.

First, we start with goalkeepers. Check out our breakdown below and tell us which team has the edge in the comments section below.

STARTER: JIMMY NIELSEN

 

 

GOALKEEPERS

36

AGE

34

4th season
(57-38-32, 45 SO)

MLS EXPERIENCE (RECORD)

14th season
(151-118-77, 108 SO)

2012 Goalkeeper of the Year

HONORS MLS Cup winner in 2004, 2009

White Puma

NICKNAME

Wall of the Wasatch

Best GAA (.88) among 'keepers with 20 or more starts in 2013

OPTA SAYS

Second-best save percentage (74.55) among 'keepers with 20 or more starts in 2013

None in 2013

SAVE OF THE WEEK AWARDS

9 – and a nomination for Save of the Year
Quit smoking cigarettes and gambling

OBSTACLES OVERCOME

Shortest goalkeeper to win an MLS Cup
Danish youth team selection in late 1990s

INT'L CAREER

12 US caps, likely third-string in Brazil next summer
Experience and focus

BIGGEST STRENGTH

Reflexes and athleticism
Athleticism

BIGGEST WEAKNESS

Size
Won 2012 US Open Cup in a shootout

SHOOTOUT EXPERIENCE

Won 2009 MLS Cup and Eastern Conf. title in shootout

Eric Kronberg
(five career MLS appearances)

BACKUP OPTION

Jeff Attinella
(five career MLS appearances)