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Rimando called up to U.S. squad, Beckerman left out

RSL hero Nick Rimando has been called up to the USMNT, but his teammate Kyle Beckerman has been left out of the fray.


Real Salt Lake goalkeeper and all-around hero Nick Rimando has been called up to the U.S. National Team for a match against Russia on Wednesday.

Rimando, who has played six times with the national team, has been a relative mainstay in Jurgen Klinsmann's sides, but he has yet to play in a national team match since starting and playing a half against Panama in a 1-0 win.

Rimando's RSL teammate Kyle Beckerman has been left in the cold after being involved through much of the year, but given the MLS campaign just ended, that is no particular surprise.

Two other MLS players join Rimando in the lineup: fellow goalkeeper Sean Johnson of Chicago Fire and Chivas USA striker Juan Agudelo.

Despite his consistent inclusion in the lineup, whether Rimando gets on the pitch remains to be seen, as under Klinsmann's auspices, Tim Howard has cemented his position as starting keeper in both competitive matches and friendlies.

The match kicks off at 8 a.m. MST in Krasnodar, Russia, and will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision Deportes.