Real Salt Lake: 4 called up for international duty

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Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 2:04 p.m. MDT

SANDY — Kyle Beckerman (United States), Nick Rimando (United States), Álvaro Saborío (Costa Rica) and Will Johnson (Canada) have been called by their respective national teams for FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches on Oct. 12 and Oct. 16.

This is the third-straight FIFA break that all four of Beckerman, Rimando, Johnson and Saborio have been called-up to their respective national teams. They aren't the only RSL players on international duty this time around, though, as 18-year-old MF Luis Gil is with the U.S. U-20 team for the Marbella Cup in Spain.

Beckerman, Rimando, Johnson, Saborio and Gil all left RSL for international duty on Sunday, one day after the Claret-and-Cobalt's 2-1 win at the L.A. Galaxy. RSL's next match is on Oct. 17 at Seattle Sounders FC.

Beckerman and Rimando will take on Antigua & Barbuda on the road on Oct. 12 before heading back stateside to face Guatemala in Kansas City on Oct. 16. The U.S. is currently tied for first with Guatemala in Group A and leading third-place Jamaica on goal difference with just two games left in this round. Only the top two teams from each group will qualify for the six-team final round that will take place in 2013.

Beckerman, RSL's captain, has appeared 23 times for the U.S. and has scored once in international play. He started and came off as a second-half sub in the U.S. 2-1 loss at Jamaica on Sept. 7 and didn't feature in the Americans' 1-0 win over the Reggae Boyz in Columbus on Sept. 11.

Rimando has six career caps for the U.S. team. The 33-year-old 'keeper backed up Tim Howard and Brad Guzan in the U.S.'s Sept. 11 win over Jamaica after missing the Sept. 7 game at Jamaica while with RSL.

Saborío, 30, will look to earn his 74th and 75th caps for Costa Rica when the country takes on El Salvador on the road on Oct. 12 and Guyana at home on Oct. 16. Los Ticos — currently in third-place in Group B — have a bit of work to do to qualify for the next round, needing to jump second-place El Salvador in the final two games in order to advance.

Canada has called in Johnson — who will be looking for caps 30 and 31 of his career —for its qualifiers against Honduras and Cuba. The Canucks are tied on points in Group C with second-place Honduras but trail on goal difference.

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