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Beckerman turns in solid shift in US's win over Mexico

11 September 10:01 am

Beckerman turns in solid shift in US's win over Mexico

By Sam Stejskal

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.