Fans vote Real Salt Lake's Rimando, Beckerman onto MLS All-Star team
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SANDY — It’s been a banner year for Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando so far in 2014, and the accolades continued to pour in on Wednesday.
Less than two weeks after returning from the World Cup, the Real Salt Lake players were among the 11 voted to the MLS All-Star Fan XI. Eight of the 11 players voted in by the fans were part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man U.S. National Team roster in Brazil last month.
For Beckerman, this is his eighth-straight MLS All-Star recognition, and the fourth for Rimando.
The MLS All-Stars face German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in Portland on Wednesday, Aug. 6.
The remaining nine All-Stars are Matt Besler (Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle), Clint Dempsey (Seattle), Michael Bradley (Toronto), Graham Zusi (Kansas City), Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York) and Obafemi Martins (Seattle).
The Fan XI doesn’t necessarily reflect the starting lineup against Bayern Munich. All-star coach Caleb Porter from Portland will name seven more All-Stars this Saturday, as will Commissioner Don Garber with his two Commish picks.
From the 20 All-Stars named, Porter will select a starting lineup based on tactics and player availability.
The eight All-Stars who were part of the U.S. National Team in Brazil should be quite familiar with some of the personnel on Bayern Munich as many of them were on Germany’s World Cup winning squad.
During his eight All-Star nods, Beckerman has been on the active roster four times. His first All-Star appearance came at Rio Tinto Stadium against English club Everton in 2009. The other three came against Manchester United in 2011, Chelsea in 2012 and Roma in 2013.
Beckerman recorded the game-winning assist against Chelsea in the 2-1 victory. His two All-Star game starts were in 2009 and 2013.
Of Rimando’s three previous All-Star nods, he’s been on the active roster for all three. The first came in 2001, when he was with the now-defunct Miami Fusion. He was the starting keeper for the Eastern Conference in that match, a 6-6 draw against the Western Conference.
Rimando was subbed off at halftime in that 2001 game by ironically enough Tim Howard, the keeper he backed up at the World Cup.
Rimando’s two other appearances came against Manchester United in 2010 and Roma in 2013.
James Edward is Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer.
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