Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman and his glorious dreadlocks will be joining the United States men’s national team ahead of their June 18 World Cup qualifier against Honduras, the team announced.
Beckerman has 25 caps for the USMNT, including one stint as a captain against Canada on January 29. Perhaps the most noteworthy moment of Beckerman’s time on the national team is his start against Mexico during the United States’ historic win at Estadio Azteca in August of last year.
The call up could have happened because of injury concerns surrounding midfielder Jermaine Jones, who suffered a concussion against Jamaica that forced him to miss the team’s game against Panama. He may not be as ready to go as coach Jurgen Klinsmann would like.
Klinsmann is a big fan of Beckerman, so it comes as no surprise to see him get the call. It will be interesting, however, to see just how much playing time he will get next Tuesday.
The game is set to kick off at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.
Here is the United States roster for the Honduras qualifier:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)