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Kyle Beckerman excellent for USMNT despite 2-1 loss to Colombia

Laurence Griffiths

In what is probably the most unsurprising thing this side of the pacific, Kyle Beckerman had yet another strong game for the United States, playing 90 minutes and generally being impressive against a strong Colombia side that eventually ran out 2-1 winners.

Beckerman was one of a few bright spots in the loss for the United States, with his positioning particularly noteworthy throughout. It comes as no surprise to those of us privileged enough to watch Real Salt Lake's captain week-in, week-out, but Beckerman cut out chance after chance for a rampant Colombia side.

It took a dodgy goal (perhaps offsides) and Beckerman being one of the only defending players making a defensive run — the alternative, of course, being hoisting his hand in the air calling for an offside flag, like the rest of the defenders — as well as a moment of defensive ineptitude for Colombia to run out winners.

Some fun Beckerman stats:

  • Five: The number of interceptions Beckerman had throughout.
  • One: The number of U.S. players who didn't stop their run on Colombia's second goal (Beckerman, obviously.)
  • Also one: The number of fouls Beckerman committed.
  • 100,000: The number of hairs on Beckerman's dreadlocked head, maybe.
  • Again, one: The number of tackles Beckerman made.