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Rio Tinto in the running for Hex match; Rimando update

06 January 1:21 pm

Rio Tinto in the running for Hex match; Rimando update

By Sam Stejskal

It's been quite a busy Sunday for RSL, with the big announcement that Tony Beltran and Kyle Beckerman were called up to the U.S. National Team for its January training camp dropping just before noon in Salt Lake. 

Beltran's and Beckerman's call ups aren't Sunday's only RSL-related news, however - a couple of other nuggets bear repeating, too. 

First up is the report from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl on Fox Soccer's Goals on Sunday that Rio Tinto Stadium is one of three finalists - along with Kansas City and Denver - to host the U.S.'s Hexagonal home opener against Costa Rica on March 22. The U.S. hosted a Hexagonal match at Rio Tinto in 2009, with the Yanks downing El Salvador 2-1 in Sandy. Hosting a second qualifer at the RioT would be a dream, especially when you consider that RSL's Beckerman, goalie Nick Rimando and Costa Rican forward Alvaro Saborio would likely be involved in the match. U.S. Soccer will announce which stadium will host the game this week. 

Goals on Sunday host Rob Stone dropped the other RSL-related nugget, reporting that Rimando was invited to the January U.S. camp, but was held out due to injury precaution.

Let's hope for that March qualifier and a speedy recovery for Rimando. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.