Kyle Beckerman

Notes: Midfielder ... 32 years old ... 5-foot-11 ... 165 lbs ... First played for USMNT in 2007 ... Plays for Real Salt Lake (MLS) ... From Crofton, Maryland. Outlook: The veteran Beckerman will make his World Cup bow as part of his national team renaissance under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Beckerman and fellow midfielder Jermaine Jones appear to be fighting for a place in the holding role of a midfield diamond behind the talismanic Michael Bradley. The formation worked much better with Beckerman in last month's friendly against Mexico than it did in the more recent game against Azerbaijan, but Jones has been first-choice through qualifying. Either way, the Maryland native will likely play a key role in the heart of the pitch for the United States.
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