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MLS to Brazil: Kyle Beckerman continues his World Cup push in Week 6

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman furthered his case for World Cup inclusion with another influential display in the 2-2 draw at Philadephia on Saturday. More on Beckerman and the other World Cup hopefuls in this week's edition of MLS to Brazil.

Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman scored in the 2-2 draw at Philadelphia on Saturday.

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Central midfield isn’t an area of need for the United States. Exactly the opposite, in fact. Michael Bradley drives the entire team forward from his perch in that depart. Jermaine Jones almost always occupies the other spot alongside him. Clint Dempsey plays in front of them in a roving role when Jürgen Klinsmann opts for five in midfield.

The transition from triumvirate to duo creates some consternation, though. Jones isn’t designed to sit and hold. He likes to roam too freely for that sort of work. Bradley needs to chase the game wherever it takes him in order to exert his usual influence. And his justified freedom requires a more disciplined player to operate in the middle of the park and tend to the applicable duties effectively and efficiently.

In the absence of his European contingent for the friendly against Mexico earlier this month, Klinsmann turned to Kyle Beckerman to partner Bradley in the 2-2 draw against El Tri. Beckerman’s composure in possession and intelligence in position made him the perfect complement to Bradley during the rampant first half. The performance placed more pressure on him to maintain his high domestic standards in order to further his World Cup ambitions.

Beckerman’s recent displays for Real Salt Lake strengthen his case. His defiance played a critical role in RSL’s resolute 0-0 draw at Sporting Kansas City. His late goal at Philadelphia capped another fine overall display and nearly snatched the full complement of points in the 2-2 draw at PPL Park on Saturday. And those particular submissions are not out of character given his track record.

Only Klinsmann can determine whether Beckerman warrants inclusion in his 23-man squad for Brazil or whether another option might prove more useful or more versatile as a potential reserve at the more exacting standard. It is a decision looming next month. For now, Beckerman can only keep influencing matches as he waits for the verdict.

UNITED STATES

Goalkeepers

Bill Hamid (D.C. United): omitted through injury (knee) in United’s 1-0 win against New York on Saturday – next match: at Columbus on Saturday

Sean Johnson (Chicago): one save in the Fire’s 1-1 draw at Montréal on Saturday – next match: v. New England on Saturday

Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): omitted through injury (knee) for RSL’s 2-2 draw at Philadelphia on Saturday – next match: v. Portland on Saturday

Defenders

Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake): 90 minutes in RSL’s 2-2 draw at Philadelphia on Saturday – next match: v. Portland on Saturday

Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): idle – next match: v. Montréal on Saturday

Brad Evans (Seattle): omitted through injury (calf) for Sounders FC's 3-2 victory at FC Dallas on Saturday – next match: at Chivas USA on Saturday

Clarence Goodson (San Jose): 90 minutes, one shot during the Earthquakes’ 1-1 draw with Columbus on Sunday – next match: at Colorado on Saturday

Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy): 90 minutes in the Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Saturday – next match: at Vancouver on Saturday

Michael Parkhurst (Columbus): 90 minutes in the Crew’s 1-1 draw at San Jose on Sunday – next match: v. D.C. United on Saturday

DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle): 90 minutes, one yellow card in Sounders FC’s 3-2 victory at FC Dallas on Saturday – next match: at Chivas USA on Saturday

Midfielders

Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): 90 minutes, two shots, one shot on goal, one GOAL in RSL's 2-2 draw at Philadelphia on Saturday – next match: v. Portland on Saturday

Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): omitted from the squad (rested) in TFC’s 1-0 defeat to Colorado on Saturday – next match: at FC Dallas on Saturday

Brad Davis (Houston): omitted through injury (ankle) in the Dynamo’s 2-0 defeat at New England on Saturday – next match: at Philadelphia on Saturday

Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy): 90 minutes, three shots, one shot on goal in the Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Saturday – next match: at Vancouver on Saturday

Maurice Edu (Philadelphia): 90 minutes, two shots, one shot on goal, one GOAL in the Union’s 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday – next match: at New York on Wednesday, v. Houston on Saturday

Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City): idle – next match: v. Montréal on Saturday

Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake): omitted through injury (hamstring) in RSL’s 2-2 draw at Philadelphia on Saturday – next match: v. Portland on Saturday

Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): idle – next match: v. Montréal on Saturday

Forwards

Clint Dempsey (Seattle): five shots, three shots on goal, two GOALS and a second consecutive Player of the Week nod in Sounders FC’s 3-2 victory at FC Dallas on Saturday – next game: at Chivas USA on Saturday

Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): 84 minutes, three shots, one shot on goal in United’s 1-0 victory over New York on Saturday – next match: at Columbus on Saturday

Mike Magee (Chicago): 90 minutes, four shots, one shot on goal, one ASSIST in the Fire's 1-1 draw at Montréal on Saturday – next match: v. New England on Saturday

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose): 90 minutes, four shots on goal, one GOAL in the Earthquakes’ 1-1 draw with Columbus on Sunday – next match: at Colorado on Saturday

AUSTRALIA

Tim Cahill (New York): omitted through injury (hamstring) for the Red Bulls' 1-0 loss at D.C. United on Saturday – next match: v. Philadelphia on Wednesday

BRAZIL

Júlio César (Toronto FC): 90 minutes, two saves in TFC’s 1-0 defeat to Colorado on Saturday – next match: at FC Dallas on Saturday

COSTA RICA

Jairo Arrieta (Columbus): unused substitute in the Crew’s 1-1 draw at San Jose on Sunday – next match: v. D.C. United on Saturday

Waylon Francis (Columbus): 90 minutes, one ASSIST in the Crew’s 1-1 draw at San Jose on Sunday – next match: v. D.C. United on Saturday

Giancarlo González (Columbus): 90 minutes, one yellow card, one potential Disciplinary Committee incident inspired by a dramatic tumble to the ground in the Crew’s 1-1 draw at San Jose on Sunday – next match: v. D.C. United on Saturday

Roy Miller (New York): 84 minutes, one shot in the Red Bulls' 1-0 loss at D.C. United on Saturday – next match: v. Philadelphia on Wednesday

Álvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake): 90 minutes, four shots, two shots on goal, one penalty saved in RSL's 2-2 draw at Philadelphia on Saturday – next match: v. Portland on Saturday

Rodney Wallace (Portland): omitted through injury (knee surgery) for the Timbers' 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Saturday – next match: at Real Salt Lake on Saturday                                              

ENGLAND

Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC): omitted through injury (hamstring) in TFC’s 1-0 defeat to Colorado on Saturday – next match: at FC Dallas on Saturday

HONDURAS

Jerry Bengtson (New England): 12 minutes, one GOAL in the Revolution’s 2-0 victory over Houston on Saturday – next match: at Chicago on Saturday

Victor Bernárdez (San Jose): 90 minutes, one shot in the Earthquakes’ 1-1 draw at Columbus on Sunday – next match: at Colorado on Saturday

Marvin Chávez (Colorado): omitted from the squad for the Rapids’ 1-0 victory at Toronto FC on Saturday – next match: v. San Jose on Saturday

Boniek Garcia (Houston): 90 minutes in the Dynamo’s 2-0 defeat at New England on Saturday – next match: at Philadelphia on Saturday

Johnny Leverón (Vancouver): unused substitute in the Whitecaps' 1-0 defeat at LA Galaxy on Saturday – next match: v. LA Galaxy on Saturday

IRAN

Steven Beitashour (Vancouver): 90 minutes in the Whitecaps' 1-0 defeat at LA Galaxy on Saturday – next match: v. LA Galaxy on Saturday