MLS supporters will be well aware of the quality possessed by Kyle Beckerman, but it is especially now that the world is starting to look at the 32-year-old in a different way. The Real Salt Lake star has been one of the best players for the US national team at the World Cup 2014. He has been talk of the town during the group matches with his name being mentioned constantly on social media. The 32-year-old, though, has revealed that he is not aware of the growing popularity and is only focusing on the upcoming last 16 match against Belgium.
Despite the defeat against Germans in the final group match, US qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup. They will be facing the Belgian team containing the likes of Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany. Beckerman says that he is not aware that people are starting to realise his quality since he and the rest of the team are only focusing on the upcoming match. The US could create history by reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Popularity for the national team is already through the roofs compared to previous world cups.
Recent reports showed that New York City almost came to a standstill when the United States played against Portugal in the second group match. “We hear from some of the Americans that we see in the hotels and stuff. They kind of let us know that it’s kind of crazy back in the States. That everybody’s been really going gung-ho for the World Cup games. It sounds like we’ve got the soccer fever or something, which is great,” said the 32-year-old.
“It’s good to see him get recognition because he’s been deserving of that for a long time now,” said his Real Salt Lake teammate Nick Rimando.