Bio

A reggae-loving, dreadlocked Maryland native might seem like a strange fit for Salt Lake City, but midfielder Kyle Beckerman has found a happy home at Real Salt Lake. In November 2009, Kyle helped lead his team to a MLS Cup Championship against the L.A. Galaxy.

Kyle’s life-long love affair with soccer began in his hometown of Crofton, Maryland. He grew up wrestling, swimming, and playing lacrosse and baseball, but his passion for soccer was apparent at an early age. Kyle first became interested in soccer at age 4 when he started tagging along with his older brother.

At 13, Kyle was accepted into the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program after playing on state, regional, and national teams. In 1999, he visited to New Zealand for the Under-17 World Cup. The extensive travel required in high-level youth soccer made it difficult for Kyle and other young players to keep up with their school work. Kyle, along with Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley, became part of the first class of students to attend the United States Soccer Federation’s Bradenton Academy, a residency program that allowed players to get the best soccer training possible while receiving a high school education.

In 2000, Kyle began his MLS career at the Miami Fusion. In 2001, the Fusion team was dispersed, and Kyle was picked up by the Colorado Rapids. After five-and-a-half years with the Rapids, he made his way to Salt Lake City in 2007, where he became team captain in 2008. He started all 38 games that year, and helped the team reach the 2008 Western Conference Championship. In 2009, he became the youngest player in league history to play 200 regular-season games.

When Kyle’s not on the field, he enjoys traveling and relaxing with family and friends. He is also a high-level ping-pong player.

8 responses to “Bio

  1. Leo

    High-level ping-pong player, eh? Your on!

  2. Looking forward to da Kb5 line!
    One Love

  3. Roxie

    Yes you are the best ping pong player i have seen you play lol anyways best of luck this season captain && you know SLC is right behind you no matter what this will always be your home

  4. Dixon

    I dont remember you being remotely nice in ping pong!

  5. Tim Esposito

    That ping pong in the garage must of really paid off,huh?

  6. JR Cunningham

    Dude you do beast at ping-pong, they retired your paddle at the San Clemente in Costa!!!

  7. Kyle Beck

    Hey Beckerman i know there is probably no chance of this happening but i would love to maybe ask you a question or two. I have had chances in the past to play around with the reserves but i was dumb and past them up because of college. i have played for my fair share of good teams and i would really like the opportunity to ask a few questions on how you made it. How you blew up so fast and what i need to do. Look me up sometime – kyle beck – i’m from sandy. Your next team mate ha ha.

  8. Hey Beckerman i know there is probably no chance of this happening but i would love to maybe ask you a question or two. I have had chances in the past to play around with the reserves but i was dumb and past them up because of college. i have played for my fair share of good teams and i would really like the opportunity to ask a few questions on how you made it. How you blew up so fast and what i need to do. Look me up sometime – kyle beck – i’m from sandy. Your next team mate ha ha.
    +1

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