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Kyle Beckerman prepares for World Cup

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Kyle Beckerman has one more game to play for Real Salt Lake before leaving for training camp with the U.S. Men's National Team.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Kyle Beckerman's entire soccer life has been leading up to this moment.

"It would really be a dream come true," he said.

Beckerman is expected to be named to the U.S. Men's National Team's 30-man training camp roster next week, meaning this Sunday's game in Houston will be Beckerman's last with Real Salt Lake until July.

"The dream starts when I was 8 or 9 years old, whenever I found out about a World Cup," Beckerman said. "But to actually be with the national team for the past three years or so, this is what it all comes down to. This is it."

Beckerman hasn't officially earned a spot on the final 24-man roster that will travel to Brazil, but his selection is very much expected. His family is sure counting on it.

"That's the crazy thing is you have to plan everything before you know if you're on the team," he said. "So my parents, my brother, his wife, my wife, their parents, everybody is going. So, I just have to make the team now."

Beckerman has 32 caps with the national team, but has yet to play in an actual World Cup match. While he's about to fulfill his lifelong dream, Beckerman isn't getting too ahead of himself just yet.

"I think when I get on the plane, that's when I'll start to think, 'OK, this is going to happen,'" he said. "Then my mind can start to wander and think that I'm going to score 30-yard screamers from deep to get to the finals and stuff like that. But I know I still have a lot of work to do."

Beckerman has been called a "giving player" by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who appreciates Beckerman's team style of play. He has been a favorite of Klinsmann's the last few years, making his selection to the team all but a sure thing.

"I think he likes my discipline," Beckerman said. 

Also expected to join Beckerman on the U.S. roster is RSL teammate Nick Rimando.

"To be able to go with him, it would be an unreal experience," Beckerman said. "We've been able to go on this ride for a while now, and to be able to say we went to the World Cup together is unreal."

The only downside is Beckerman will be leaving the rest of his RSL teammates, who are off to a historice 4-0-5 start to the MLS season.

"Of course it will be a great experience and everyone wants me to go," said Beckerman. "But on the other hand, part of me wants to be here. I want to be two people right now. But we'll be OK. I trust everyone in there and I don't say any reason why we can't keep winning and picking up points."


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