Real Salt Lake has announced the re-signing of Kyle Beckerman to a contract.
From his comments, it sounds like a two-year exit strategy.
“To be able to be here for a couple more years and build with these young guys — they are going to be another year older and a little bit more experienced — there is a lot of upside for this team,” he said in a club news release. “To be here and be a part of it is exciting.”
To have Beckerman back is just plain right.
His game has slowed, but his persona still has legs.
Beckerman has been the face — and hair — of the franchise for a decade. Having cut his famous dreadlocks two months ago, it seems he’s ready to take on something new. A management position with the team would be a nice landing spot, if available down the road. His public relations savvy is strong. He has rarely been controversial, but always accessible and composed, even after crushing postseason losses.
In other words, the kind of person they should keep as a franchise face, even after retirement, as an assistant coach or front office figure.
With Real having done a nice job of remaking itself with more speed and youth, keeping Beckerman for the transition is a good thing. He’ll steer younger players through the rough patches. He'll probably even get his goals. Last year's four scores were the most since 2013. And fans can get the Beckerman treatment once again. Some things are worth a long goodbye.