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Beckerman, Beltran, Rimando named all-stars

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando were all named to the MLS all-star team.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake Captain Kyle Beckerman, midfielder Tony Beltran and goalkeeper Nick Rimando were named on Monday to the 20-man MLS All-Star gameday roster that will compete against AS Roma in the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City.

The RSL trio, which is currently on duty with the U.S. Men's National Team for the Gold Cup Tournament, was named to the roster by Sporting Kansas City Head Coach Peter Vermes, who will coach the All-Stars at SKC’s home stadium. 

With three selections, Real Salt Lake is tied with Sporting Kansas City for most players from any one club on this year’s All-Star gameday roster.

This is the seventh consecutive season that Beckerman has received MLS All-Star recognition and the fifth straight year that he’s been named to the gameday roster. The 31-year-old defensive midfielder has enjoyed yet another strong year for the Claret-and-Cobalt in 2013, scoring two goals and adding three assists in 16 MLS appearances – all starts – for the Utah side. Beckerman played a major role in the 2012 MLS All-Stars’ 3-2 win over English side Chelsea FC, notching the game-winning assist on the All-Stars’ stoppage time winner.

“I'm always honored to represent MLS and RSL in the All-Star Game,” Beckerman said. “The game gives us a great opportunity to feature the talent this league has and showcase the progress we've made. The number of spaces on the ASG roster doesn't allow for a lot of deserving guys to be on this team, but we'll do our best to represent them well.”

This is the first MLS All-Star selection for Beltran. The sixth-year right back, who set a career high in minutes played last year, is off to another good start in 2013, appearing in 16 games and registering a lone assist for RSL.

“I am very pleased to have been named to the 2013 All-Star team, to be in the company of such an elite group of players, and to have the opportunity to represent my league against AS Roma,” Beltran said. “This accolade was not achieved on my own, and I remain thankful to be part of a team and organization as admirable as RSL.”

Real Salt Lake’s longest-tenured player, Rimando has been dominant in net this season, leading the league with 10 wins and placing tops among starting goalkeepers with a 0.82 goals against average and a 79 percent save percentage. The 34-year-old ‘keeper also places amongst the league leaders with six shutouts and 52 saves. This is the third time that Rimando has received All-Star recognition; he was named to the inactive roster for the 2011 game and made the gameday roster for the 2010 contest.

“It feels great to be selected to represent not only my league, but also my team Real Salt Lake,” Rimando said. “My selection is a testament of how well we've been playing and I'm humbled to take part in this year’s All-Star Game. As always, I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches for this opportunity.”

First-place Real Salt Lake will return to action this Saturday, when it will host Vermes and Sporting Kansas City in a battle of the top two teams in the Supporters’ Shield standings at 8 p.m. MT at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game will be televised on CW30.
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