Portland, Ore. • When Major League Soccer and Bayern Munich rolled into town this week, Timbers fan Kris Carpenter sought out an autograph from just one all-star: Nick Rimando.
Yes, that Nick Rimando. The Real Salt Lake keeper who's 8-1-2 all time against Portland. The Timbers nemesis who's allowed just three goals in four matches at Providence Park. So why would Carpenter, a 28-year-old member of Timbers Army since 2007, carry such regard for a star who's enjoyed so much success against his club?
"Everyone I know has nothing but absolute respectand a little fear of him anytime we play [RSL]," Carpenter says. "For 90 minutes, I hate him."