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RSL Keeper Nick Rimando Supports LA During Jazz-Lakers Game

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COMMENTARY | Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando sported a new jersey Friday night and it didn't include the words "Xango" or "LifeVantage" across the chest.

While attending a Utah Jazz-Los Angeles Lakers matchup at EnergySolutions Arena, Rimando wore Kobe Bryant's No. 8 Lakers jersey, while his son donned a No. 24 one.

Rimando tweeted about his choice of clothing before the game began:

We will be DISLIKED tonight. #SLC #CaliBorn @lakers

-- Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) December 27, 2013

Taking into consideration that he's from Montclair, Calif. -- and he just led Real Salt Lake to the 2013 MLS Cup championship game -- Utah fans should probably go easy on him.

Plus, the Jazz ended up beating the Lakers, and they did it with style. With the game tied at 103, Derrick Favors, who collected 18 points and 14 rebounds, grabbed Gordon Hayward's off-balance layup and flushed the ball home with 2.1 seconds remaining for a 105-103 win.

Tough break for Rimando, but RSL's longest-tenured player can find solace in his brilliant 2013 season. In 27 games, the 34-year-old keeper made 82 saves while securing a 14-7-6 record.

And with the 2014 World Cup on the horizon, he also has a great chance of wearing another new jersey -- this one featuring the letters U-S-A on the front.

Jared Bray is a regular contributor for Yahoo Sports covering the Utah Jazz. He also reports in English and Tagalog (a language he picked up while serving a church mission in the Philippines) as the Salt Lake City correspondent for The Filipino Channel's "Balitang America."

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