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Will Beckerman, Rimando miss Oct. 11 San Jose game with USMNT?

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

News emerged today that Jurgen Klinsmann intends to call up his "strongest squad possible" for a pair of matches against Ecuador and Honduras in mid-October, and it's hard to imagine Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando aren't on that list.

That squad could include European and MLS-based players, but there's one catch to that: MLS, as per the usual song-and-dance routine, won't be taking time off for the Oct. 10 and Oct. 14 friendlies. The two matches will take place in the United States — the former against Ecuador in Hartford, Conn., and the latter against Honduras in Miami.

Real Salt Lake would be far from the only team hit by departures of that nature. Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy would undoubtedly suffer, which is only vaguely reassuring.

Beckerman, as one of the strongest American players in the 2014 World Cup run (despite being dropped when he would have been best utilized, but we're not bitter), and Rimando, who was the only MLS-based player called up for the most recent U.S. match (and who played a rather fantastic half that garnered him huge plaudits), would likely both be in the running for selection.

And while there would be a certain amount of injustice if one or both were not selected, at this point in the MLS season — with the San Jose game on Oct. 11 potentially massive as the third-to-last game — we'd probably celebrate if they were left out.