First he gets featured in the new issue ofS alt Lake Magazine in a fashion shoot, now, hard on the heels of the U.S.'s historic win over top-ranked Spain in the Confederations Cup, Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman has been named to the U.S. squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. Way to go Kyle!
The team then crosses the country to face Honduras on July 8 at 7:00 p.m. MT at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., before rounding out group play against Haiti on July 11 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., with kickoff slated for 5:00 p.m. MT. All of the U.S. matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and the Univision networks, with all three group games airing on TeleFutura. (complete broadcast schedule).
“I’m excited to have the chance to represent my country and to win a trophy,” said the 27-year-old Beckerman. “It was a total surprise. I hadn’t received a call-up for awhile now, so it’s a great opportunity to get myself back in a better position with the national team.”
Beckerman becomes the fourth Real Salt Lake midfielder tabbed to represent his country during the upcoming tournament, joining Jean Alexandre (Haiti), Will Johnson (Canada), and Andy Williams (Jamaica). Alexandre and Johnson have already departed Utah to join up with their squads, while Williams will remain with the Claret-and-Cobalt for the remainder of this week and will be available alongside Beckerman for Saturday’s clash with Toronto. Williams and Johnson will become adversaries for the tournament opener on July 3, when Canada and Jamaica square off at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (6:00 p.m. MT). Alexandre and his Haitian side will begin their tournament against Honduras as the lead game in the July 4 doubleheader at Seattle’s Qwest Field (5:00 p.m. MT).
The youth movement on display with Bradley’s roster is most evident in the midfield, where five of the eight midfielders on the roster are looking for their first cap. Beckerman holds the most experience as the only member of the group to play an entire game for the U.S., going the full 90 in a 1-0 loss to Colombia at the 2007 Copa America. Beckerman enters the tournament with three caps to his credit, all of them coming during that Copa America stint two summers ago in Venezuela, while his last call-up to the Senior Team came during a January camp in 2008. Beckerman is one of 15 players on the roster that ply their trade in Major League Soccer.
“We are very pleased that Kyle is receiving this opportunity with the National Team,” said RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis. “While we will certainly miss his contributions to our matches over the next few weeks, we have full respect and appreciation for these limited chances players get to represent their country. He has been deserving of such a chance for quite a while now, and we wish him the best of luck with it.”
For more information on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s busy 2009 slate, including the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup and upcoming CONCACAF region World Cup qualifying contests – including their Sept. 5 visit to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on El Salvador – visit www.ussoccer.com. To get more information on the Gold Cup tournament, please visit www.CONCACAF.com.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
July 3-26, 2009
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed roster at ussoccer.com
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)