All three of Real Salt Lake’s American internationals featured for the U.S. Men’s National Team in its 2-0 win over Korea Republic on Saturday, with Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando playing 90 minutes and Luis Gil notching his first cap with a 15 minute cameo off the bench.
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored both goals for the U.S., putting the Stars-and-Stripes on top in the fourth minute before doubling the Americans’ advantage in the 60th.
Beckerman put in a very solid shift, earning plaudits for his composure and accuracy in possession. Rimando also did well, making five saves to improve to 10-0-0 in his international career. Rimando is now tied for fifth on the all-time goalkeeper victories list with Brad Guzan. Gil didn’t have much to do in his 15 minutes, but seemed to settle in quickly, completing eight of nine attempted passes and appearing to handle his nerves well.
Beckerman, Rimando and Gil will now return to Salt Lake City, where they’ll undergo media day with the rest of their Real Salt Lake teammates on Tuesday. RSL Head Coach Jeff Cassar will give all three players a well-deserved break following media day, letting them take off until Feb. 9, when they’ll join the Claret-and-Cobalt mid-camp in Irvine, Calif.