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Kyle Beckerman

Men's National Team
  • PositionMidfielder
  • Date of BirthApril 23, 1982
  • Height5-10
  • Weight165
  • ClubReal Salt Lake
  • World CupCaps:3
  • CareerCaps:45
Did you know

Kyle's dreadlocks, his trademark, started in 2005 and took two years to come into place

Playing History


Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started all three Group G matches at midfield for the U.S. 
Member of a the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, where he played all six games and tallied three assists, helping the U.S. MNT secure its fifth Gold Cup title
Captained the U.S. squad in the January 2013 friendly against Canada
In August 2011, he played two games under then-new coach Jürgen Klinsmann and has become a regular on the team ever since
In July 2009, Beckerman earned a spot on the roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he started all six games, scored his first international goal in the quarterfinals against Panama, and helped the U.S. MNT to a second-place finish
Named to the roster for the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela and earned two caps
Earned his first cap with the Senior National Team on January 20, 2007 in a friendly against Denmark

Youth National Teams

Played with the U.S. U-23 National Team in the 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico
Finished his U.S. U-17 career with 40 caps and 15 goals
Started 36 out of his 40 international appearances for the U-17s
Ranked second in scoring for the team in 1999 (10 goals, six assists), finishing only one point behind teammate Landon Donovan
Started all six games of the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Champonship in New Zealand, where the team finished fourth after reaching the semifinals for the first time
Scored a game-winning goal against Argentina on Feb. 5, 1998, making it the U-17s the first U.S. National team to win in Buenos Aires in 86 years
Made international debut with the U.S. U-16s against France in May 1997


In July 2007, Beckerman was traded from the Colorado Rapids to Real Salt Lake, where he took over the captain’s armband early in the 2008 season
In 2013, he captained Real Salt Lake and them to both the U.S. Open Cup Final and the MLS Cup Final
The 2014 MLS All-Star Game marked his eighth-straight All-Star selection
Assisted Eddie Johnson’s game winning goal in the 2012 MLS All-Star 2-1 win over Chelsea FC
Despite leaving the squad regular for USMNT commitments, he consistently finished in RSL’s top five
In 2010, Beckerman moved into RSL’s career top five in games played, starts, minutes, shots, and game-winning assists
During the 2009 season, Beckerman became the youngest MLS player to appear in 200 games (he hit the 300 mark on March 3, 2013)
Also in 2009, Beckerman earned a spot on the roster for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game
Although RSL finished with a losing record, Beckerman led the team to an MLS Cup Title after winning a shootout against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the finals
Started all 38 matches for RSL in the 2008 season, helping the team reach the Western Conference Final (its first ever playoff appearance)
Once Miami Fusion were contracted at the end of the 2001 season, he was selected 11th overall in the 2002 MLS Dispersal Draft by the Colorado Rapids
In 2006, his final season with Colorado, Beckerman tallied seven goals and four assists
He broke out in his second season with Colorado in 2003, where he registered five assists in the 2003 season and then became a consistent starter for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons
After graduating high school, he signed a Nike Project-40 contract with MLS on June 27, 2000 and was picked up by Miami Fusion two days later

Youth clubs

Beckerman was one of the inaugural students at the United States Soccer Federation’s Bradenton Academy (now called IMG Academy)
Started his career as a child playing in youth leagues in Maryland

Honors earned

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final MVP honors
MLS All-Star: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Career Club History Map

Did you know

Kyle was a state champion wrestler as a freshman at DaMatha High School in Maryland

Soccer or Wrestling?

Kyle Beckerman is a ridiculous competitor.  He hates losing at anything, particularly soccer.  As a member of the MNT, he is particularly focused on proving that the U.S. can compete at the highest level. Some of that came with his childhood love of wrestling.. 

“Wrestling evolved in the area and I put Kyle and his brother in a program at the local rec center," Paul Beckerman, Kyle's dad, said. "As Kyle joined the sport, it was clear he had a tremendous mental drive. It worked well in wrestling – you don’t cheat in training or in matches.  He’s taken that mentality to soccer.”

Beckerman started soccer playing at four years of age, He tagged along with his older brother and immediately fell for the game. Watching the World Cup in 1990 gave him the ultimate goal to work towards.  Recalls Todd Beckerman:  “From that time on, Kyle understood the bigger picture and was always focused on that.”

Beckerman played rec soccer for the Bowie Boys Club before joining a travel club in the NCSL.  He later played for a Laurel club, following in his brother’s footsteps (four years older).  He had to be tough to keep playing at that level.

Beckerman was a wrestler throughout his childhood was eventually a state champion as a freshman in high school. He also played baseball and lacrosse. In sixth grade, Beckerman had to choose between wrestling in a state semifinal meet or trying out for the state team; he chose soccer.  As a freshman at DeMatha, he chose to play in a national soccer pool tournament over the National Preps wrestling tournament.  Recalls Meg Beckerman,  “It was hard, but Kyle always liked soccer better.”  Added Paul,  “The hardest part was determining who would tell the wrestling coach.”  

Paul knew it was a hard decision for Kyle, but ultimately thinks he made the right choice.  “The decision weighed heavily on him, but it was obviously the correct call. I love watching Kyle play.  He’s ferocious, always has been.”

Beckerman brought a large part of his wresting background to play on the soccer field.  The work ethic and discipline involved applied to both sports.  He didn’t know exactly what he could become, as pro leagues were not fully developed, but he did know that he wanted to play for the MNT.  Says Meg Beckerman, “Wrestling was popular in our area in the winter.  Both of our children were involved with their friends.”

Plan B

With teachers as parents, Beckerman sees himself as a teacher had he not succeeded in soccer.  He sees history or physical education as potential subject matter.  Comments Meg Beckerman, “Kyle always had a knack for teaching or coaching, so I can easily see him in the field.”

“I love watching Kyle play. He’s ferocious, always has been.”

Man of Many Interests

Away from soccer, Beckerman has many different interests and hobbies. He enjoys fishing and appreciates listening to reggae music in addition to playing guitar, ukulele. He is a huge fan of Bob Marley. 

He also reads a lot and has a particular fondness for Malcom Gladwell’s books. Kyle really appreciates history, specifically native American subjects and biographies.  He speaks really eloquently on different American eras and historical references, specifically Westward expansion. 

In terms of sports besides soccer, Beckerman enjoys skateboarding and is working on perfecting his ping-pong skills. 

National Teams

Beckerman’s role at the 2014 FIFA World Cup put an exclamation point on an impressive legacy with the U.S. National Teams. He has been part of the programs since the age of 15, earning 40 caps with the U-17s and joining the U-23 squad that participated in the 2004 Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico before making his senior debut as a substitute against Denmark on Jan. 20, 2007. Beckerman was in and out of the National Team before becoming a regular for the U.S. under Jurgen Klinsmann, who values his consistent performance and effort. The energetic midfielder has long been a fixture in MLS, recording more than 350 games played since joining the league in 2000. Now in his eighth season with Real Salt Lake, Beckerman has captained his side to a pair of MLS Cup finals (winning the first in 2009), a CONCACAF Champions League final, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final in 2013 and its longest streak of undefeated home games.

  • Started all three group matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Started a career high nine of 10 matches played for the USA in 2013, including starts in two of three FIFA World Cup qualifiers and five of the team’s six CONCACAF Gold Cup matches
  • Earned a starting spot on the National Team by the end of 2011, starting five of his six appearances
  • Has earned Major League Soccer All-Star recognition eight consecutive years, from 2007-14
  • Captained Real Salt Lake to the 2009 MLS Cup championship

2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... 2014: Made nine appearances total, including eight as a starter … Played in the No. 6 role against Ghana, Portugal and Germany in the group phase in Brazil … 2013: Started nine of 10 matches in which he played … captained the USA for the first time in the team’s year opening 0-0 draw with Canada … Started five of the USA’s six CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, helping the team claim its fifth regional title … Started two of the three FIFA World Cup qualifiers he featured in, including the USA’s fourth consecutive Hexagonal round “Dos a Cero” win against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium … 2012: Made five appearances and two starts … Manned central midfield in the historic 1-0 victory against Mexico on Aug. 15 at Estadio Azteca … Played in two Semifinal Round qualifiers, getting the start Sept. 7 in Jamaica … 2011: Earned a regular starting spot in the National Team by the end of the year, with a total of six appearances beginning with the 1-1 tie against Mexico on Aug. 10 … Started five of those matches, including the wins against Honduras and Slovenia … 2010: Ended stints at U.S. MNT camps in January and February of 2010 with starts in friendlies against Honduras and El Salvador  … 2009: Reached double-digits in appearances after entering as a substitute against El Salvador in a World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 5 at Rio Tinto Stadium, helping the USA hold on to a 2-1 victory … Played in all six of the USA’s run to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold  Cup final, starting five … Scored his first goal at the senior international level on July 18, 2009, against Panama in the quarterfinal round, his 49th minute equalizer helping the USA advance in a 2-1 extra time win in Philadelphia … 2007: Earned first three of his career appearances in debuting with a substitute appearance on Jan. 20 against Denmark … Also earned caps for the USA in the Copa America tournament in Venezuela, playing the final 11 minutes of a 3-1 loss against Argentina … Played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Colombia … Under-23s: Played with the U.S. U-23 National Team in the 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico … Under-17s: Finished U.S. U-17 career with 40 caps and 15 goals … Started 36 of his 40 full international appearances for the U-17s … Ranked second in scoring (10 goals, six assists) for the U-17’s in full international competition during 1999, finishing one point behind teammate Landon Donovan … Started all six games of the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand, where the U.S. eventually finished fourth after reaching the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in history … Scored a historic game-winning goal against Argentina on Feb. 5, 1998, in Buenos Aires, making the U-17s the first U.S. National Team to win in Buenos Aires in 86 years … Under-16s: Made international debut with the U-16 National Team on May 20, 1997, against France. First Appearance: Jan. 20, 2007, vs. Denmark … First Goal: July 18, 2009, vs. Panama

2014: Beckerman played every minute of every match he was available for, logging 28 appearances on the season … He surpassed 200 career regular season matches with RSL, now with 205 appearances with the Claret-and-Cobalt … He also was named to the MLS All-Star team for the eighth consecutive season … 2013: Led RSL to its most successful season since 2009, captaining the club to MLS Cup and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final … Had one of his most productive offensive seasons, scoring four goals and chipping in six assists from his regular deep-lying midfield spot … Started all 26 matches in which he appeared for the club … 2012: Another consistent season for the RSL captain, contributing four goals in 30 regular season starts …Tallied the game-winner on March 31 in 3-2 win against Portland … Has now played in 299 career regular season matches in MLS, including 270 as a starter… With his appearances against Seattle Sounders, Beckerman continued his streak of playing in every playoff game in RSL history (14) … 2011: Added a career-high nine assists in his 29 appearances for Real Salt Lake, also scoring three goals … Recorded two-assist games against Toronto FC on June 25 and the New York Red Bulls on August 6 … Scored the game-winner in RSL’s season opener against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 19 … 2010: Scored three goals and added three assists in his 30 appearances in all competitions … Voted to the MLS All-Star First XI, his fourth consecutive All-Star nod … Suffered a strained left foot that prevented him from appearing in eight matches … 2009: Was in the starting lineup in each of the 25 matches he played with Real Salt Lake, scoring three goals and adding two assists … Captained RSL to its first MLS Cup title … Earned his third MLS All-Star recognition in as many years, this time on the active roster … Accumulated 55 consecutive starts … 2008: Started all of his 38 matches for Real Salt Lake in all competitions, including the team’s first-ever postseason run … Got an MLS All-Star nod for the second consecutive year … Had his first two-goal games against D.C. on April 12 and against San Jose on April 30 … Wore the captain’s armband in the third league match, on April 12 against D.C., and every game after that ... 2007: Closed out the year with 28 total appearances, 15 with RSL … Chosen as an MLS inactive All-Star … Made his regular season debut against the New England Revolution on July 28 and drew the penalty for Real Salt Lake’s only goal in the 2-1 loss … Debuted as a starter for RSL in a friendly against Everton FC on July 21 … Joined Real Salt Lake on July 16 … Played 13 games for the Rapids, all starts, adding a goal and two assists in the first half of the season … 2006: Recorded career highs for games played (31), games started (31), goals scored (7) and minutes played (2790) … Was the Rapids’ top away goal scorer, with five of the seven coming on the road … 2005: Ended the year with 33 games in all competitions, tallying one goal and four assists … Scored his only goal of the season against the LA Galaxy on Sept. 10 … In his first game in 2005, played the full 90 minutes and added an assist against Kansas City … 2004: Finished the season with 25 starts in 29 games … Added one goal and two assists … Scored his first goal for the Rapids against Kansas City in the 3-1 win on Sept. 10 … 2003: Became a regular starter for the Rapids, coming on as a substitute only four times in 28 games played … Notched a career-high five assists, including two in consecutive matches … 2002: Closed out his first season with the Rapids with a career-high 14 appearances and five starts … Tallied his first professional assist in the 5-2 win against the New England Revolution on May 22 … Selected 11th overall by the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Dispersion Draft … 2001: Only appearance with the Fusion in 2001 was against the Kansas City Wizards on April 18 … Suffered a broken leg that kept him out for most of the season … 2000: Scored his first goal and earned his first start in the same game, the 6-2 win against DC United on Sept. 9 … Made his professional debut on July 15 in a 3-0 loss against the Dallas Burn … Joined the Miami Fusion on June 29 … Signed with MLS on June 27 as part of Nike and MLS’s Project-40 program.

Got married to wife Kate in the 2013-14 offseason …Trained at FC Kaiserslautern in the 2011 offseason … Began production of his own clothing line, KB5, in 2009 … Enjoys fishing, listening to reggae music, playing guitar, skateboarding and perfecting his ping-pong skills away from the field … Graduated from Maryland’s Arundel High School in May 2000 … Was a state wrestling champion in Maryland as a freshman at DeMatha H.S. … Brother, Todd, wrestled at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln … Full name is Kyle Robert Beckerman.