Kyle Beckerman returns to training for Real Salt Lake, while Nick Rimando sits out

Published: Wednesday, July 9 2014 9:30 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014 10:06 p.m. MDT

Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman take the field before the start their first soccer game since the World Cup at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SANDY — Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman put in a full day of training with the team Wednesday afternoon at America First Field in Sandy.

Nick Rimando, on the other hand, opted out of Wednesday’s training session, but RSL coach Jeff Cassar assured the media afterward that it was just another step in helping the goalkeeper's body recover from training at the World Cup.

“He’s doing great. It was left open to him to stay in (at Rio Tinto Stadium), so he’s back doing running. But he’s just getting his body back and he’ll be ready to go,” said Cassar.

For RSL defender Nat Borchers, having the duo return from the World Cup has brought leadership back into a club that was without them for over a month.

“Having both Nick and Kyle back has been really good just purely on a leadership standpoint,” said Borchers. “They’re just so good in the locker room and on the field making decisions, so it’s great to have them back.”

I FEEL YA: Cassar watched the disastrous 7-1 defeat of Brazil by the Germans in the semifinal round of the World Cup on Tuesday. As a former goalkeeper, Cassar had a bit of sympathy for Brazil ‘keeper Julio Cesar when the barrage of goals rained down on him.

“It was hard to watch, especially because it was a goalkeeper in MLS. But it happens, and (Cesar) is an unbelievable professional. It doesn’t happen a lot in a career, but when it does it stings really bad,” Cassar told reporters. “I’ve been on a team that has, and those stick around for a long time and it’s tough to get rid of them.”

FEAR THE BEARD: What started as a small goal has now transformed into a beard that can rival Beckerman’s dreadlocks — the beast is Borchers' beard.

“It’s just growing, and I’m just enjoying it,” said Borchers when asked how long his beard would be around.

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