Strange bedfellows: Eddie Johnson to join Beckerman, Rimando on Seattle flight

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Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando will host a fellow U.S. Men's National Team member on their flight from Kansas City to Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday morning, as Seattle Sounders striker Eddie Johnson will be joining them.

Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando will host a fellow U.S. Men's National Team member on their flight from Kansas City to Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday morning, as Seattle Sounders striker Eddie Johnson will be joining them.

Michael C. Lewis of the Salt Lake Tribune reported today that the arrangement was initially uncomfortable for RSL coach Jason Kreis, but sportsmanship won out in the end.

"We're doing Seattle a big solid, I think," coach Jason Kreis said. "Hopefully, the good karma will come back to us." — Salt Lake Tribune

Joshua Mayers of The Seattle Times reported on Seattle's side of things.

"Come gameday, we're bitter rivals and competitors, but during the week we're working together, trying to figure out how to grow the league together and lift all ships. ... We have good relationships with almost every team, so the RSL ownership and management were nice enough to agree to this, and obviously we would do the same for them."

It remains to be seen if any of the three will see time on Wednesday.

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