SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. – On Monday, five athletes, including retired Major League Soccer (MLS) goalie Nick Rimondo, were inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame (USHOF) after the ceremony was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Rimondo, who played for Real Salt Lake (RSL), holds MLS records for overall appearances, shutouts and saves as well as career wins.
This summer Rimondo held a coaching position with the RSL organization at their Academy located in Harriman, Ut.
RSL currently finds itself without a head coach or owner. It was reported by Channel 2 tv news that Landon Donovan, a retired member of the MLS, Premier League and United States Men’s National Team (USMNT), is considering moving his coaching career from San Diego in Salt Lake City.
The other four inductees recognized in the current USHOF class for their outstanding athletic achievement and valuable contributions to the sport that generated positive and enduring praise on behalf of the State of Utah were; golfer Jay Don Blake, water polo athlete Courtney Young Johnson, soccer player Haloti Ngata and volleyball / softball player Teri Okelberry Spiers.
Since 1967, the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has been Utah’s premier sports organization dedicated to preserving Utah’s sporting heritage and history at the highest level. This honors the past (Hall of Famers, Distinguished HS coaches, Coaches of Meri [HS and/or College coaches] Distinguished Service and Game Officials), runs the present (leadership symposium) and rewards the future (HS scholarships, to date 228 scholarships awarded / approximately $ 400,000).
The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Museum is free.