RSL's Kyle Beckerman announces retirement

Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman
MLS Real Salt Lake Rapids Soccer
MLS Real Salt Lake Galaxy Soccer
Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman
Posted at 8:42 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 22:42:57-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Real Salt Lake midfielder and captain Kyle Beckerman announced Monday that he will be retiring from professional soccer.

Beckerman announced the news in a tweet, seen below, in which he thanked his former teams (Miami Fusion and Colorado Rapids) before profusely thanking and reflecting on his time with RSL, the club he played for in 14 of his 21 years in Major League Soccer.

"To Real Salt Lake, I am eternally grateful," he wrote, in part. "I step away with a full heart and a lifetime of memories."

Beckerman came to Utah in 2007 and has remained with RSL ever since. He has also been the team captain since 2008. He played in 350 matches, scored 30 goals, helped the team win the 2009 MLS Cup and was a league all-star eight times.

He also played for the U.S. National Team from 2007-2016, where he had 58 caps (appearances) and scored one goal. He started in three of the United States' four matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He was showered with praise on social media on Monday, one of the more meaningful well-wishes coming from former teammate and longtime RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who also spent the vast majority of his career with the club before his retirement in 2019.