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RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman excited for possibility of playing in 2014 World Cup (+video)

Published: Friday, May 16 2014 5:00 p.m. MDT

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) poses for a photograph during media day in Sandy  Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5) poses for a photograph during media day in Sandy Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Real Salt Lake and U.S. Men’s National Team’s Kyle Beckerman appeared in a Major League Soccer video Friday talking about the thrill of making the USMNT 30-man roster and the possibility of playing in this year’s World Cup for the U.S.

“The main thing for me is I just try to keep my head down, keep working hard and not look too far ahead,” Beckerman said in the video. “If you put in all the work and do everything you can, you win either way.”

The midfielder was named to USMNT 30-man preliminary roster Monday, along with RSL teammate Nick Rimando. Beckerman will know before June 2 if he will be on the team’s final 23-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil.

He has appeared in 35 career games with the U.S. team.

Beckerman also discusses his favorite memories watching the World Cup in the video. He said his favorite moment came in the USMNT upset of Portugal during the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

“The most memorable game I can remember is kind of waking up half asleep and looking at the TV and seeing that we were beating Portugal 3-0,” he said, recalling the 2002 World Cup game. “I thought I was dreaming and then you wake up — and it was three in the morning or something — and then to watch us hold on for the win was definitely something I’ll never forget.”

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