Tony Beltran may be rewarded for his early season form for Real Salt Lake with a recall to the U.S. Men's National Team, according to Salt Lake Tribune reporter Chris Kamrani, who first reported Beltran's inclusion. It was also reported but also unconfirmed by mlssoccer.com reporter Scott D. Pierce.
Update: 9 a.m. | Steven Goff, Washington Post reporter, confirmed the news: Beltran is in. He also now appears on the US Soccer roster.
Overheard in locker room: RSL GM Garth Lagerwey congratulating Tony Beltran for perhaps being called up for #USMNT vs. Mexico in Ariz.— Chris Kamrani (@chriskamrani) March 30, 2014
The United States pairs with Mexico in Phoenix on Wednesday in a midweek non-FIFA-date match. The roster was released last week, but with some times a right back Brad Evans out through injury for Seattle, a spot may have just opened for Beltran. Evans last played for Seattle Sounders on March 15, a full 11 days before the roster was released. The MLS injury report lists Evans as having a calf contusion.
Beltran last made the squad during the 2013 Gold Cup, but wasn't selected for U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann's January 2014 camp.
Though unconfirmed, Beltran could find the match a renewed opportunity for his international career. Three Real Salt Lake players are already set to take part, with Kyle Beckerman, Luis Gil, and Nick Rimando named to the squad.
Beltran excelled Saturday night against a Toronto side with some very strong attackers, going face to face with Jermain Defoe and coming out successful. His one-on-one defending was vital, and his attacking play was a big part in the creation of the second goal.