Beckerman starting seems obvious conclusion for squad-light US against Mexico

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the U.S. Men's National Team suffering an untimely injury to Michael Bradley and yellow card suspensions for others, Kyle Beckerman could be in line for a start against Mexico this evening.

Beckerman has previously manned the midfield against Mexico, and his impact in a 1-0 win at Estadio Azteca shouldn't be ignored. As ever, some hype overlooks the player, but there's a sense that Jurgen Klinsmann will deploy the defensive midfielder from the start.

Beckerman has been involved in eight matches this year for the national side, and his Gold Cup performances drew national — and international — attention. That should be enough to remove any doubt about his ability.

However, hasn't played alongside his likely partner, Jermaine Jones, since a 2-1 loss in Jamaica on Sept. 7, 2012, but the two formed a good partnership in the match immediately preceding that one, which was the 1-0 win in Mexico.

It remains to be seen if Klinsmann will select Beckerman from the get-go, but with his options dissipating, the 31-year-old should be given a chance to ply his trade once again at a national level.

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