Real Salt Lake midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Luis Gil and goalkeeper Nick Rimando were called up to play for the US soccer team in an upcoming friendly match against Mexico, it was announced on Wednesday, March 26.
The RSL trio will join 19 other players for a friendly match against its rival Mexico in Phoenix, Arizona as the Americans continue preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“Everyone knows the clock is ticking,” U.S. head coach Juergen Klinsmann said in a press release. “This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case. We expect them to give a really strong performance against a Mexican team that is now basically coming back on track. They need to prove now that they badly want to go to Brazil.”
Beckerman has had 33 caps [appearances] for the Americans -- and one start. Rimando has had 12 caps, while Gil has only been capped once for the senior national side.
At 20, Gil is the youngest player on the U.S. roster for the Mexico showdown, a rivalry that has spanned decades of animosity between the two sides -- the latest a #DosACero victory for the Americans.
RSL forward Robbie Findley, who is currently injured and has enjoyed many national team call-ups in his career -- including one to the 2010 World Cup team -- sent out his congratulations to his teammates on his Twitter page.
“S/O [shout-out] to my boys @KyleBeckerman @NickRimando @luisitogil21 on the national team call up!! #USAvMEX,” Findley tweeted.
The friendly against Mexico will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. It will be televised on ESPN and can also be seen on your WatchESPN app at 9 p.m. MDT.