You may have seen Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman seated on the bench during the U.S. 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday, May 27. But, it’s doubtful that Beckerman will remain on the bench for either the duration of the three-game Send-Off Series this week and next--or for World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
He is as much an integral part to the US soccer team success in Brazil as any of the other 22 players US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected--perhaps even more so because of his ability to man the holding midfield position in the diamond 4-4-2 formation, a system the Americans have only recently adopted leading up to World Cup 2014.
Beckerman knows the holding midfield position and the demands placed on it all too well, having played it for years at Real Salt Lake. It’s something that has translated to success with the US soccer team as well.
You need look no further than the 2-2 draw against Mexico as proof positive that Beckerman can play at a world-class level. In his short but remarkable senior national team career he has played a pivotal role for US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, providing the steadiness and leadership necessary for the Americans to have any chance in Brazil. Here are five reasons that Beckerman figures into U.S. World Cup plans.