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29 July 9:55 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 7:52 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 3:17 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. 

13 July 10:49 am

Great story on Real Salt Lake midfielder Yordany Alvarez and his decision to defect from Cuba in 2008 from KSL's Dave McCann. It's a powerful piece; watch a tease above and check out the whole story here.

Cuba will be in action at Rio Tinto Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, when they'll take on RSL's Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran, Nick Rimando and the U.S. national team in a Gold Cup Group C game. Claret-and-Cobalt forward Alvaro Saborio will be in action at the RioT at 4:00, when he'll captain Costa Rica in a Group C match against Belize. 

Alvarez and the rest of the Real Salt Lake squad are currently in Dallas, where they'll take on FCD in a battle of the top-two teams in the Western Conference at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night on CW30. 

12 July 8:48 am

Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman will take the field at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday for the U.S. in its Gold Cup Group C match against Cuba. The Claret-and-Cobalt captain tweeted out a bit of a call to arms to fans on Thursday, inquiring about a possible USA remix to RSL’s famous “Believe” anthem. 

Beckerman is one of four players who will be at the RioT for Gold Cup action on Saturday. Claret-and-Cobalt defender Tony Beltran and goalkeeper Nick Rimando will also suit up for the U.S., while forward Alvaro Saborio will captain Costa Rica in its match against Belize. U.S.-Cuba kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT, while Costa Rica-Cuba will begin at 4:00 p.m. MT. Click here to get your tickets

10 July 8:35 am

Portland's fans unveiled quite the tifo for Tuesday night's U.S.-Belize Gold Cup match, unfurling several huge banners and a green, "Cascadia" Uncle Sam just prior to the start of the Stars-and-Stripes' 6-1 Group C win at Jeld-Wen Field. 

You know by now that the U.S. is coming to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday for a Group C doubleheader. RSL's Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran, Nick Rimando and the rest of Jurgen Klinsmann's side will take on Cuba at 1:00 p.m. MT, with Claret-and-Cobalt forward Alvaro Saborio and Costa Rica playing Belize immediately afterwards at 4:00 p.m. The game will be a great chance - the second one this summer, of course - for Salt Lake fans to put a unique stamp on a national team match. Portland did it last night - let's get after it in our own way on Saturday.  

09 July 9:35 pm

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman dropped an absolute dime on the U.S.'s second goal in Tuesday's Gold Cup Group C opener against Belize, curling a beauty of a cross into San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski for a headed goal in Portland. 

Check out Kyle's gorgeous cross above. Some Twitter love for the Claret-and-Cobalt captain is below: 

09 July 3:27 pm

The latest "Soccer Smarts with Professor Leo" dropped earlier on Tuesday. Give it a watch and learn all you need to know about the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will come to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, when the U.S. takes on Cuba at 1:30 p.m. and Costa Rica faces off against Belize at 4:00 p.m. in a Group C doubleheader at the Sandy facility.

RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman (U.S.), defender Tony Beltran (U.S.), goalkeeper Nick Rimando (U.S.) and forward Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica) will all be available for selection on Saturday. Click here to get your tickets

08 July 11:43 am

Currently with the U.S. national team on Gold Cup duty, Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando did an interview with Fox Soccer on Sunday. Part of that interview? Take 20 seconds to draw a picture of the other.

Kyle's drawing of Nick is on the left, while Nick's picture of Kyle is on the right. Check the artwork out on U.S. Soccer's Instagram and above. 

27 June 11:52 am

It just wasn't meant to be for Luis Gil and the U.S. U-20's against Ghana on Thursday. 

Gil put in a yeoman's effort, but it wasn't enough as the U.S. defense was overrun by the Ghanaian attack in a 4-1 loss to the Black Satellites. The loss ended the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the Americans, who will leave Turkey after a pair of 4-1 losses to Spain and Ghana and a 1-1 draw against France. 

Gil will now make the long journey back to Real Salt Lake. He is expected to be available for Wednesday's 8:00 p.m. kick against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium.