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Beckerman weighing 2020 options, says Hansen

It’s unclear if RSL’s long-time captain will return to the club, or if he’s set to retire.

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Imagining Real Salt Lake without Kyle Beckerman is difficult.

It’s just about as difficult as it was to imagine the club without Nick Rimando, and he retired in the offseason.

In an interview with Spence Checketts on ESPN 700, RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen said that Beckerman has yet to make widely known his intentions.

“Kyle (Beckerman) has not told everyone what he wants to do,” Hansen said. “After we settle down, management — coach — then we want to approach Kyle. We told him and his agent, let’s talk after Dec. 6.”

While Dec. 6 may seem arbitrary, that’s the self-imposed date Hansen seems to have set for the club’s coaching and general manager hires to be finalized.

“I don’t want to impose on a new coach or GM a situation,” he said. “Everyone needs to be part of that.”

Recalling the fiasco around the departure of Javier Morales, in which the club and the club legend were seen at odds, Hansen said he had no desire to have the club’s image tarried in a similar way again.

“I just want for Kyle’s side that we make the right decision,” he said. “Everything is being careful, making sure we make the right decision. We don’t, under any circumstance, want to repeat a Javi (Morales) situation.”