A trio of Real Salt Lake players — Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, and Luis Gil — has been called up to the U.S. Men's National Team for an April 2 match against Mexico in Phoenix, Ariz.
The roster is a largely North American one, with Bayern Munich-based Julian Green a notable exception.
Rimando is easily the strongest goalkeeper available, with Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson behind him. Gil and Beckerman are joined by Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Brad Davis, Landon Donovan, and Graham Zusi.
The match could be the last big opportunity for Gil to make a mark on Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the 2014 World Cup. It is still quite a long shot for Gil, but with few natural central playmakers available, an opportunity is in front of him. Gil, if he does play, would be playing in only his second national team appearance. His first came in January, when he impressed in a largely MLS lineup.
Beckerman and Rimando are widely considered to be in Klinsmann's final World Cup squad, but time will tell with those two.
The trio will leave for Phoenix following Saturday's match, and according to a Real Salt Lake press release, will be available for an April 5 match at Sporting Kansas City.