Real Salt Lake's Gold Cup-winning trio saw time in a 1-3 MLS All-Stars loss last night, with Tony Beltran the only one of the three to play 90 minutes.
Given Beltran hasn't played regularly since departing for the Gold Cup (but surely stayed fit with the squad) and, as such, his playing 90 minutes was perhaps a good thing. Kyle Beckerman played the first half and didn't look out of place, with his breakup play notable. Nick Rimando played the second half and was left to dry by his defense on the two second-half goals conceded.
Beltran can feel somewhat hard done by, with Sporting KC's Aurelien Collin in the center being culpable for at least two of the goals — which rather brings to mind a question as to why he couldn't manage that two weeks ago. But Beltran asserted himself well on the occasion, getting up and down the flank well.
Remarkably, in his 45 minute appearance, Kyle Beckerman completed 47 of 56 attempted passes against what was a dominant Roma team. He didn't look a shade out of place, and it's hard to dispute the fact that his Gold Cup final man-of-the-match performance was anything but a fluke.
Perhaps Nick Rimando's best moment came when he made a point-blank save after his own teammate, Seattle rookie DeAndre Yedlin, tried what might have been a clearance or might have been a backpass and nearly curved the ball around his goalkeeper. There's no room to blame Rimando for the goals.
The first conceded goal saw Collin caught trying an unwise offside trap before scoring an own-goal, the second saw him caught in midfield after what must be called a stupid moment, leaving the defense down a man.
Encouragingly, it doesn't appear any RSL players emerged from the match with new injuries.