Pickens sets one club record, approaching another
Commerce City, Colo. - Standing captain and center back Drew Moor teased goalkeeper Matt Pickens after Sunday's 2-0 win at Dallas.
"Did you even have to make a save today," Moor said to Pickens after handing him the team-signed match ball for registering his 26th shutout with the Rapids, a new team record.
"From a personal stand point I think it's great," Pickens said of setting the club record. "But I've always said that it's a team thing. My name might go down but (the record) is a team thing."
Moor was correct, Pickens did not have to make a save in the game. That's because Dallas didn't get any shots on goal. In fact, they only took one shot all game. The closest the short-handed home side got to scoring was when Rapids defender Tyrone Marshall casually headed back a ball to Pickens, which nearly caught him off guard.
"I looked at him and was like, 'are you going to ruin my shutout," Pickens joked.
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It was the third time in his career that Pickens and his defense faced zero shots in a game. The last time was on July 3, 2011, when the Rapids out shot Houston 14-3 but also couldn't score, the game ending in a scoreless draw.
With the shutout, his fourth of the season, Pickens surpassed Joe Cannon, who earned 25 shutouts for the Rapids from 2003-2006. It was the 37th clean sheet of Pickens’ eight-year career, with only 10 other goalkeepers having more career shutouts in MLS.
"Hats off to the guys that I've played with for the last three years and 10 games," he said. "Now that it's out of the way we get on with the season and look to keep moving up the conference ladder."
The 30-year-old is now two wins away from tying the Rapids' all-time record of 39 career wins for a goalkeeper, which Marcus Hahnemann set from 1997-1999. However, Hahnemann played in an era where games did not end in ties. Instead, if a score was tied after 90 minutes, teams would play a shootout to determine the winner. Hahnemann registered six of his wins via the shootout.
Pickens next chance to inch closer to another personal record is on Wednesday, May 16 when the Rapids visit DC United (5:30 pm MT, Altitude TV).
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