Douglas C. Pizac-USA Today Sports
Five Real Salt Lake players have been called up to their national teams for this international break, with Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran in for the U.S. Men's National Team; Alvaro Saborio for Costa Rica; and Abdoulie Mansally for The Gambia.
Beltran, one of two full backs on the roster, could make his second appearance for the U.S. after impressing coach Jurgen Klinsmann during a January camp. Rimando is expected to play backup to Brad Guzan after Tim Howard was ruled out with a back injury, but is unlikely to make his first qualifier appearance. Kyle Beckerman has appeared in two qualifiers.
Facing Saborio's Costa Rica on Friday and Mexico on March 26, the U.S. has been hit by significant injuries.
The five absences leave Real Salt Lake in a delicate position as they travel to FC Dallas for Saturday's MLS match; FC Dallas has had no players called up to the U.S. National Team.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup qualifying Caps/Goals)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake - 0/0), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City - 6/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 1/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby - 5/0), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes - 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla - 26/6), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake - 2/0), Michael Bradley (Roma - 20/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana - 1/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor - 10/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 - 6/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht - 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City - 2/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar - 18/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna - 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur - 27/11), Herculez Gomez (Santos - 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC - 12/10)
Source: US Soccer