Jimmy Nielsen near MLS iron man leaders

Over the last four seasons, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen has posted some impressive stats. Among them:

  • Best career goals against average (1.02) in MLS history, among GK's with 4,500 minutes played
  • Best career winning percentage (.559) by a goalkeeper in club history
  • Most career wins (51) by a goalkeeper in club history
  • Most career shutouts (41) in club history

And now the White Puma -- who leads MLS with nine shutouts in 2013 --  is approaching a spot on the Top 3 chart for one of the game's more remarkable feats. Nielsen has started and played every minute of Sporting Kansas City's last 82 regular season MLS matches dating back to June 2011. To put that streak -- a span of 7,380 minutes -- in perspective, he has started every MLS match ever played at Sporting Park.

On Saturday, the Sporting KC captain is poised to tie Scott Garlick for third on the MLS all-time consecutive complete games played chart and he could surpass Matt Reis in second by season's end.

  1. Kevin Hartman (2006-09) 112
  2. Matt Reis (2005-08) 88
  3. Scott Garlick (1999-2002) 83
  4. Jimmy Nielsen (2011-13) 82

Nielsen -- a two-time MLS All-Star and Team MVP -- received MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and MLS Best XI recognition in 2012. He released his book Welcome to the Blue Heaven: Don't Bet Against the Goalkeeper earlier this year.