Real Salt Lake’s captain has been grinding away in Major League Soccer his entire career. Finally, he’s getting the credit he deserves. Beckerman, 32, will be taking part in his first World Cup and has been in and out of the U.S. national team setup over the years. You know exactly what you will get from him.
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Calm and composed in front of the back four, Beckerman has played for the Miami Fusion, Colorado Rapids and RSL with the same tenacity and guile which has led him all the way to the national team. A skilled warrior in the engine room.
Full name: Kyle Robert Beckerman
Hometown: Crofton, Maryland
Position: Central midfield
Caps/goals: 35 caps, 1 goal
Club: Real Salt Lake
Best moment in a U.S. shirt: Despite scoring his one and only national team goal during the 2009 Gold Cup campaign… Beckerman’s best performances in the Stars and Stripes came in the 2013 Gold Cup. Beckerman played five out of the USA’s six game son the way to winning the tournament and the way he swept up in front of the back four and marshaled the midfield was superb. You felt like Jurgen Klinsmann gained plenty of respect for the way Beckerman plays last summer. A key cog in the USMNT’s success.
Starter or squad player at World Cup? Beckerman will go to the World Cup as cover for Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley, the first-choice central midfield partnership. However with his superb displays for Real Salt Lake in midfield, the dreadlocked genius could well come into the starting XI if things go pear-shaped against Ghana in the World Cup opener. He has the ability to spray a pass, break the play up and dictate the temp of a game. An MLS legend who is finally getting the chance he deserved with the national team.
In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.
But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.
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In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.
For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.
From JPW on Merseyside:
“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”
The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.
And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.
Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.
If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.
Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.
Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.
“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”
So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.
As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.