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Beckerman turning into a national sensation in the World Cup

Beckerman turning into a national sensation in the World Cup

Posted by Liliana Castaño on July 01, 2014

Real Salt Lake fans have had seven years to get acquainted with Kyle Beckerman; MLS fans have been watching him for 14 years.

But, at the age of 32 and playing in his first World Cup, Beckerman is becoming a bit of a national sensation. He's blowing up on social media; his name is mentioned on national news shows; and he's gathering a bit of a following.

It's something that Beckerman is only vaguely aware of as he and the rest of the USMNT prepare to face Belgium in the knockout round on Tuesday (4 pm ET, ESPN and Univision).

“We hear from some of the Americans that we see in the hotels and stuff,” Beckerman told reporters by phone from Brazil. “They kind of let us know that it's kind of crazy back in the States. That everybody's been really going gung-ho for the World Cup games.

“It sounds like we've got the soccer fever or something, which is great.”

While much of the attention has been focused on players like Clint DempseyJermaine Jonesand Tim Howard, Beckerman played every minute of the USMNT's three group-stage games. And, while casual fans might be noticing him because of his distinctive hair, soccer fans are impressed by the talent he's showing on the field.

“It's good to see him get recognition because he's been deserving of that for a long time now,” said his RSL teammate Nick Rimando, a back-up keeper on the USMNT.

Suddenly, Beckerman — who has played his entire professional career in MLS is on a world stage — is representing.

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