Longtime stalwart Kyle Beckerman will continue his tenure with Real Salt Lake after the MLS team announced his re-signing via a multiyear contract on Tuesday.
Beckerman, a 35-year-old midfielder, has been with Real Salt Lake since 2007 and found no reasons to change jerseys now.
“This is home. It’s where we wanted to be,” Beckerman said in the team’s news release. “What we built in the second half of the season was so exciting to be a part of. To be able to be here for a couple more years and build with these young guys -- they are going to be another year older and a little bit more experienced -- there is a lot of upside for this team. To be here and be a part of it is exciting.”
Beckerman, a nine-time MLS All-Star, has 33 goals and 37 assists in 338 appearances (329 starts) during his 10 1/2 seasons in Utah. He scored four goals last season for a team that fell one point shy of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
RSL coach Mike Petke is glad to see Beckerman back in the fold.
”I cannot imagine an RSL team next year without Kyle here, without Kyle with the armband on, without Kyle leading the charge,“ Petke said in the news release. ”I think that he is iconic here in Salt Lake, and that he is one of the best players in the history of this league. And I think he deserves and will earn anything that he gets.
“There will be a statue here of Kyle one day. It’s a no-brainer that Kyle is back; we couldn’t do this without him.”
Overall, Beckerman has 40 goals and 49 assists in 432 career MLS appearances (403 starts). He also played for the Miami Fusion (2000-01) and Colorado Rapids (2002-07) and has earned 58 caps with the U.S national team.
--Field Level Media