To be fair to Beckerman, he has played a lot of soccer these past few months. Counting the Major League Soccer season, the run-up to the World Cup and the World Cup itself, it seems Kyle Beckerman World Cup fever has never had a chance to take a breather. Even this Web site didn't get the memo about Beckerman withdrawing--yes, it too so badly wanted the man in dreadlocks to play.
Beckerman will now get his chance to recuperate--the break will likely be short-lived though. DC United, the team RSL lost to in humiliating fashion in last year's Open Cup final, comes to Rio Tinto Stadium later this week. Chances that Beckerman misses that revenge match are somewhere between slim and none.
It was probably wise for Beckerman to pull out of the All-Star game anyway,considering Portland coach Caleb Porter is coaching the MLS All-Star team. You would have to think Porter would select his own guy, former RSL man Will Johnson, long before Porter ever considered having Beckerman play for more than 30 minutes.
You would also have to think that Porter will drop a ton of players behind the ball to disrupt a great Bayern Munich side that will be world-class--but at a pre-season world-class level. "Porterball," that over-the-top Portland Timbers staple he coaches, in which players with speed try to out-run the other team, will be the order of the day. (Good luck with that against Bayern.)
To give you an idea of how much Porter doesn't like RSL, he picked one of his own players--a defender new to MLS no less--over RSL midfielder Javier Morales who is in top form right now and was available for selection. Let's not get started about RSL forward Joao Plata either--because he could have made a difference against the German side too.
RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando is now the only player on the All-Star team representing the claret and cobalt. Like Beckerman, he was picked as one of the MLS First XI by fan vote--not by Porter.
And so, the rivalry between RSL and Portland continues--even during a time when all MLS teams should be banding together to defeat the evil super clubs that make life miserable for MLS at these All-Star games.