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Kyle Beckerman: Not the defensive midfielder that USA deserves, but the one it needs right now

Guatemala v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifer Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The USMNT ran away with a 4-0 victory in Columbus Tuesday night, thanks to an experienced lineup and attacking mentality. Klinsmann rolled out a 4-3-3 formation, leaving no doubts that he expected a result from the Yanks against Guatemala.

Kyle Beckerman played the full 90 in the must-win match, showing that Klinsmann still trusts him to come in and get results when they are needed. Paired alongside USMNT and MLS veterans Michael Bradley and Graham Zusi, Beckerman shone as the gritty defensive midfielder RSL fans know and love.

Announcers Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman praised Kyle for much of the night, and it was more than deserved. Beckerman's work rate freed up Bradley to push higher up and combine with the three forwards. DeAndre Yedlin also benefited, pushing up the right flank and creating some good chances with combination play and crosses.

Beckerman won key balls in midfield, completed passes, and shielded the back four from most of Guatemala's attacks. Guatemala took less than half as many shots in this game as they did at home last week, and only managed two on target.

Of all the midfielders, Kyle put together the most complete performance. Though he's out of next week's match against SKC because of his red card, the captain continued his terrific form with this performance in the USA shirt.

With this win, USA move up to second in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying group stages, now only behind Trinidad and Tobago.