- Date of BirthApril 23, 1982
- HometownCrofton, Md.
- ClubReal Salt Lake
- World CupCaps:3
Kyle's dreadlocks, his trademark, started in 2005 and took two years to come into place
USMNTNamed 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 TeamsPlayed 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
ProfessionalIn 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 2013 MLS All-Star Game marked his seventh-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 clubsBeckerman 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 earned2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final MVP honors
MLS All-Star: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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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.”
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.
Beckerman’s emergence as a fixture in the full team adds to 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. in 2011 under Jurgen Klinsmann, who values his consistent performance and effort. The energetic midfielder has long been a fixture in MLS, recording more than 325 games played since joining the league in 2000. Now in his seventh 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.
-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.
-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
-Played in each of the U.S.’s six games in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
-Has earned Major League Soccer All-Star recognition four consecutive years, from 2007-11
-Captained Real Salt Lake to the 2009 MLS Cup championship