SANDY — Kyle Beckerman knew he couldn't avoid the suspension forever, so when he was shown a yellow card in the second half Saturday — and knowing the accumulation resulted in an automatic suspension in Real Salt Lake's next match — he just shrugged his shoulders and kept on playing.
As far as he's concerned, it's as good a time as any to get suspended.
"I could use the rest, but it's not much of a rest," said Beckerman.
The yellow card was Beckerman's sixth of the season, which results in an automatic one-game suspension. He'll be forced to miss Wednesday's match at New York, but he should be ready to roll for next Saturday's match at D.C. United.
"That's what I'll really focus, bring that extra energy to Saturday because the guys that are going to play Wednesday and then Saturday are going to need a little extra bump to help them out, and hopefully I'll be that for them," said Beckerman.
Playing shorthanded has been par for the course for RSL almost this entire season.
"Here we go again. We'll have to figure out who to shift in that position," said RSL coach Jason Kreis.
SCHULER GETS THE NOD: With Tony Beltran suspended and Chris Wingert still a week away from returning to the field because of his broken wrist, RSL's coaching staff had a tough decision to make about who to start at left back.
Chris Schuler, a natural center back, ended up getting the starting nod over newcomer Blake Wagner — who was signed two days after Wingert's injury.
Kreis acknowledged afterward that Schuler's experience was the deciding factor.
"Blake we have confidence in, we brought him in for a reason, but I don't feel like he's been with our team long enough. He's really, really close. Maybe one more week after one more reserve game I'd feel confident in doing that," said Kreis.
As for Schuler's performance on the outside, Kreis said there were plenty of mistakes but the result more than makes up for it.Comment on this story
"He was out of position, and showed himself to be out of position a few times in the first half, but typical of Chris Schuler he kept battling and kept battling and at the end of the night you'd have to say a success, we won the game 1-0," said Kreis.
MOVING ON UP: With Saturday's win, RSL improved to 48 points in the standings and leapt over third-place Dallas (46 points), which lost at home to New York.
RSL, however, didn't gain any ground on first-place Los Angeles and second-place Seattle, as both took care of business at home. RSL trails L.A. by 10 points and Seattle by three, but it has played two fewer games than both.