Beckerman making RSL proud at the World Cup

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Kyle Beckerman has played every minute of the World Cup for the U.S. Men's National Team so far in Brazil. Despite an excruciating draw against Portugal in the heat of the Amazon jungle and having just three days rest, Beckerman doesn't want American fans to be worried. He says his team will be ready to go Thursday against Germany. 

"This is the biggest game of a lot of our lives and any fatigue in our legs will be erased," Beckerman said. "We've got to give everything we've got. So I think we've done the proper stuff to recover the legs and so we don't see the short rest as being any harm to us at all."

The U.S. needs a win or a draw to clinch a spot in the knockout round. The Americans can lose and still advance if it wins the tiebreaker with Portugal or Ghana.

"I think it would be obviously a huge win for the United States, to beat Germany in a World Cup," Beckerman said. "But ultimately it would just get us where we want to go and that is to the next round."

Fans in Utah have gone crazy over this World Cup, and getting out of the "group of death" would send the entire nation into a frenzy.

"The country is in a soccer fever and they're glued to the TVs when we play," Beckerman said. "It's reaching new levels in the United States."

Beckerman's Real Salt Lake teammates and coaches have also been glued to the TV, and they couldn't be prouder of the way he has played.

"Kyle has been incredible," said defender Tony Beltran. "He's having a flawless tournament so far. We all know what he's capable of, and now the rest of the world is seeing that."

"I've thought he's had two fantastic games," added head coach Jeff Cassar. "He's arguably been the player of the match in both. He's just representing our club, our state and our country extremely well."

As well as the Americans have played so far, beating the second ranked team in the nation is another matter entirely, but Beckerman's RSL teammates feel the U.S. can pull off the shocker.

"I think we can," said defender Chris Wingert. "I think it's going to be difficult. I think Germany is one of the best teams in the world. But I think we can, and no matter what happens, one way or another, hopefully we'll get through the group."

USA and Germany play at 10:00 a.m. mountain time Thursday.

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