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12 January 5:52 pm

U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced on Sunday that all 26 players in the USMNT's annual January camp will travel to Brazil for 12 days of training in a "dry run" for this summer's World Cup. 

RSL's Kyle Beckerman, Luis Gil and Nick Rimando will all travel to Brazil with the USMNT. Klinsmann initially planned to trim the roster to 23 players for the trip to Brazil, but an excellent week of training determined the entire 26-man group would travel. 

"We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week," Klinsmann said on USsoccer.com. "The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup." 

Beckerman, Gil, Rimando and the rest of the USMNT will finish off camp on Feb. 1, when they'll take on South Korea at 3 p.m. MT at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  The RSL trio will join the Claret-and-Cobalt for its second leg of preseason in Irvine, Calif. on Feb. 4. 

 

15 October 3:17 pm

U.S. Soccer just posted this interview with RSL captain Kyle Beckerman ahead of tonight's final CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier. Check out a snippet of the interview below:

Kyle Beckerman: Mr Consistency

Since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011, Kyle Beckerman’s name has been a virtual lock to be included on the roster. Describing him as a man who puts in “maximum effort” and a “pure giver”, Klinsmann has held up Beckerman as a role model for players both ahead of him and behind him on the depth chart. On the cusp of realizing his dream of reaching the World Cup, the characteristically humble midfielder refuses to look ahead and remains focused on accomplishing the most important task: the next one.

ussoccer.com: What’s the question you are most tired of answering?
Kyle Beckerman:
How long have you been growing your dreads? (laughs) The answer is seven or eight years.

ussoccer.com: You’ve been a part of this qualifying campaign from start to finish. What have been your impressions overall?
KB: “First off, it’s been a lot of fun. There have been really enjoyable challenges, from going to Antigua and playing in the monsoon to coming and playing in Salt Lake in front of our home crowd. It’s been a really cool journey and one I’ll never forget.”

ussoccer.com: A new coach and new cycle brings different challenges. Now two years in, how would you say you have been impacted?
KB: “Going through this always teaches you a little bit about the competition we have in this region. This round has shown that the other countries in CONCACAF are getting stronger. For me, I just have more experience now than I did before.

Click here for US Soccer's full post

Since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011, Kyle Beckerman’s name has been a virtual lock to be included on the roster. Describing him as a man who puts in “maximum effort” and a “pure giver”, Klinsmann has held up Beckerman as a role model for players both ahead of him and behind him on the depth chart. On the cusp of realizing his dream of reaching the World Cup, the characteristically humble midfielder refuses to look ahead and remains focused on accomplishing the most important task: the next one. - See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/mens-national-team/2013/10/beckerman-mr-consistency.aspx#sthash.sSRSQ43n.dpuf
Since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011, Kyle Beckerman’s name has been a virtual lock to be included on the roster. Describing him as a man who puts in “maximum effort” and a “pure giver”, Klinsmann has held up Beckerman as a role model for players both ahead of him and behind him on the depth chart. On the cusp of realizing his dream of reaching the World Cup, the characteristically humble midfielder refuses to look ahead and remains focused on accomplishing the most important task: the next one. - See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/mens-national-team/2013/10/beckerman-mr-consistency.aspx#sthash.sSRSQ43n.dpuf
Since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011, Kyle Beckerman’s name has been a virtual lock to be included on the roster. Describing him as a man who puts in “maximum effort” and a “pure giver”, Klinsmann has held up Beckerman as a role model for players both ahead of him and behind him on the depth chart. On the cusp of realizing his dream of reaching the World Cup, the characteristically humble midfielder refuses to look ahead and remains focused on accomplishing the most important task: the next one. - See more at: http://www.ussoccer.com/news/mens-national-team/2013/10/beckerman-mr-consistency.aspx#sthash.sSRSQ43n.dpuf
19 September 1:58 pm

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Under-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez has called up 36 players for a week-long camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. Included in the call up are four Real Salt Lake Academy players: defender Justen Glad, midfielder Corey Baird and forwards Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Saucedo.

The camp takes place September 22-29 and will feature an intrasquad scrimmage on Wednesday, September 25th, as well as two matches on Saturday, September 28th, against local club sides. Following the camp, Perez will select a 18-player roster to travel from October 6th-14th to represent the U.S. at a four-team tournament in Limoges, France.

Last season, Glad, Lennon and Saucedo played for the U-16 RSL Academy team. All three players scored a goal in a 4-2 win over Solar Chelsea in the U-16 U.S. Soccer Development Final in July 2013.

Glad and Baird were teammates at the U-17 MNT Residency program in Bradenton, Florida earlier this year and both made the 2013 U-17 CONCACAF Championship squad.

Perez has called a contingent of players born in 1996 and 1997, 33 of which have ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy as current or former players.

In addition, Glad, Lennon and Saucedo are one of 25 players who participated the National Combine in August at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Austin Aviza (New England Revolution; Medway, Mass.), Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion; Todd, N.C.), Carter Richardson (Crew Soccer Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (13): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney; Alexandria, Va.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Elijah Martin (LA Galaxy; Fresno, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Miles Robinson (FC Bolts Celtic; Arlington, Mass.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.)

MIDFIELDERS (11): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ; Escondido, Calif.), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Grant Hollkamp (Indiana Fire; Borden, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Orlando, Fla.), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Martin Salas Jr. (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Connor Smith (Baltimore Celtic; Clarksville, Md.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Tyler Turner (IMG Academy; Meriden, Conn.), David Villegas (Chicago Magic PSG; Sacramento, Calif.)

FORWARDS (8): Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda Olney; Bethesda, Md.), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Park City, Utah), Alejandro Vergara (Chicago Magic PSG; Long Beach, Calif.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC; Garland, Texas), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithona, Ga.)

11 September 10:01 am

Another big USMNT game, another good performance from RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman.

Beckerman helped the U.S. clinch its spot in next summer’s World Cup on Tuesday night, playing a very solid full 90 for the U.S. in its 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus.

Sitting just in front of the back four, Beckerman completed 46 of 53 passes, staying calm under often significant pressure to keep the ball moving for the Stars-and-Stripes. He also put in a good shift defensively, staying disciplined with his positioning, intercepting a pair of passes, making three clearances and recovering six balls.

Beckerman’s performance earned some praise from all corners, with teammate Landon Donovan calling his performance “great” in a postgame interview with ESPN and various media types giving him love on Twitter.

Beckerman and RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando – who was on the bench on Tuesday night – will both return to Salt Lake City on Wednesday. They’ll both be available for Friday’s huge Western Conference battle at Seattle, which will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

10 September 11:06 am

Yesterday, we looked at RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman's chances of starting for the U.S. in tonight's World Cup Qualifier against Mexico in Columbus

As we mentioned yesterday, Beckerman has had some success against Mexico, turning in a stellar full 90 in the U.S.'s historic 1-0 win at Mexico on Aug. 15, 2012. Check out a recap of Kyle's performance in that game here, and watch the highlights of the groundbreaking victory - the U.S.'s first and only over El Tri in Mexico - above. 

09 September 12:33 pm

Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman could be in line for a start for the U.S. national team in its World Cup Qualifier against Mexico on Tuesday night.

With center midfielders Michael Bradley (injury) and Geoff Cameron (yellow card suspension) out for Tuesday’s qualifier in Columbus, Beckerman – who dressed but did not play in the U.S.’s 3-1 loss at Costa Rica on Friday – could very well get slotted into the middle of the park for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

Beckerman has had some success against Mexico, turning in a gem of a performance in the U.S.’s 1-0 win at El Tri on Aug. 15, 2012 – the first and only time the Americans have beaten Mexico south of the border.

Other candidates to start alongside likely lock Jermaine Jones in the central midfield for the Stars-and-Stripes include Mix Diskerud and late call-ins Jose Torres and Joe Corona.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando is also on the U.S. roster for Tuesday’s match, which will kick off at 6:00 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The U.S. can clinch a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a win over Mexico and a Panama loss/draw at Honduras.

01 August 3:58 pm

Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando finally returned to Salt Lake on Thursday, coming back to the Claret-and-Cobalt after spending the last month with the U.S. national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the MLS All-Stars for Wednesday’s All-Star Game.

Here are a few interesting numbers from the trio’s stint away from RSL.

32

Beckerman, Beltran and Rimando spent 32 days away from RSL, leaving the team on June 30 following the club’s 1-0 win at Toronto FC before returning to Salt Lake on Thursday. RSL played four matches while the trio was gone, posting a 1-2-1 record against Philadelphia, Dallas, Kansas City and New York.

1,102

Beckerman, Rimando and Beltran combined to play 1,102 minutes while away from RSL. Rimando totaled the most minutes of the trio, playing 450 minutes in the Gold Cup and 45 in Wednesday’s All-Star Game. Beckerman wasn’t far behind notching 382 minutes – and three assists – for the U.S. and starting and playing the first 45 in the ASG. Beltran totaled 180 minutes, going the full 90 in both the U.S.’s win over Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 13 and in the All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

10,954

RSL’s international/All-Star trio flew a distance of 10,954 miles over the last month. Assuming they were all non-stop, here are the nine flights KB5, Tony and Nick were on during the last month:

Toronto to San Diego; San Diego to Portland; Portland to Salt Lake City; Salt Lake City to Hartford; Hartford to Baltimore; Baltimore to Dallas; Dallas to Chicago; Chicago to Kansas City; Kansas City to Salt Lake City

That’s a lot of frequent flyer miles, all four time zones and way too many hotel rooms.

4

Between Sunday’s Gold Cup Final, Wednesday’s All-Star Game, Saturday’s MLS match at Colorado and Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup match against Portland, Beckerman and Rimando – Beltran is suspended for this weekend’s Rocky Mountain Cup match – will be eligible to play in four different competitions in a span of just 11 days.

1

When Beckerman, Beltran and Rimando left RSL after the team’s 1-0 win at Toronto, RSL was in first-place in MLS. Despite two-straight losses, that’s exactly where the Claret-and-Cobalt stand now, with three of the team’s top players returning to the fold. 

29 July 10:55 am

Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and the rest of the U.S. national team were crowned CONCACAF Gold Cup champs on Sunday, beating Panama 1-0 in the tournament final at Soldier Field. 

Rimando went on a bit of an Instagram spree after the match, posting a bevy of pictures from the postgame locker room celebration. Check 'em out below: 

Rimando, Beckerman and Beltran are all traveling to Kansas City on Monday ahead of Wednesday's MLS AT&T All-Star Game against Italian side AS Roma. The RSL trio will return to the Claret-and-Cobalt on Thursday ahead of Saturday's decisive 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup Presented by Mark Miller Subaru match at the rival Colorado Rapids. 

18 July 8:52 am

U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann made four swaps in his CONCACAF Gold Cup squad on Wednesday, bringing in Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler, LA defender Omar Gonzalez, San Jose forward Alan Gordon and Seattle forward Eddie Johnson and sending home Houston's Corey Ashe, Philadelphia's Jack McInerney and ex-MLS players Herculez Gomez and Oguchi Onyewu. 

Besler's call-up means the Sporting Kansas City defender will miss Saturday's RSL-SKC match at Rio Tinto Stadium. His absence will be a big one; the 2012 MLS Defender of the Year is Sporting's best defender, playing a crucial role in organizing SKC's back four, distributing well, posing an offensive threat on set pieces and locking down opposing strikers. 

A very limited number of tickets are still available to Saturday's 8:00 p.m. match, which will be followed by a postgame fireworks display in celebration of Pioneer Day. Click here to get yours

15 July 4:17 pm

Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran talked with U.S. Soccer about his opportunity with the U.S. national team in the Gold Cup. It's a nice piece; check it out above. 

Beltran and RSL teammates Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and the U.S. return to action tomorrow night, when they'll take on Claret-and-Cobalt forward Alvaro Saborio and Costa Rica in Group C's deciding match.