Courtesy Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Real Salt Lake (RSL) of the MLS has signed former Eph goalie Nick Armington '06 (Manchester, Mass.) to a developmental contract to serve as the team's third goalie. Armington was a three-time All-NESCAC selection and a two-time All-New England choice for the Ephs in compiling a record of 48-11-2.
Scott Garlick is the RSL number one goalie and Jay Nolly is currently the backup goalie. Garlick has played just under 20,000 minutes and has started 215 MLS games, while Nolly is a second year keeper out of the University of Indiana who has played in six MLS contests.
Armington has worked tirelessly to attract the attention of the MLS including putting together a highlight tape and attending goalie workouts and tryouts with MLS teams like the MetroStars, the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake. He was on the draft list for the 2006 MLS SuperDraft but was not selected.
During the Winter Study period this past January Armington even traveled to Iceland in hopes of securing a GK spot on one of their professional teams.
"Nick has worked incredibly hard to get noticed by the MLS," said Eph head coach Mike Russo. "He improved immeasurably here in four years and he has good quickness and size [6' 2"] and he is willing to work hard to get on the field. He had an outstanding senior season and had key game-changing, result-producing saves in our biggest games – Middlebury, Amherst, Keene State and Wheaton." 25 of Armington's 48 wins at Williams were shutouts.
"I'm really excited for Nick because he gave himself a year to get a pro contract and he did it much sooner," said Russo. "Now with the MLS's Reserve Division he will get a great opportunity to practice with RSL and get some game experience in the Reserve Division and be seen by all of other MLS teams as well. And who knows what all of that can lead to"
Armington is the 14th player coached by Russo in his 27 years at Williams to sign a professional contract.