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RSL re-signs captain Kyle Beckerman

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RSL re-signs Captain Kyle Beckerman

(KUTV) - Real Salt Lake's captain is staying Salt Lake.

The club announced on Tuesday that the team has signed Kyle Beckerman to a multi-year contract. The midfielder has been with RSL since the 2007 season and will begin his 12th season with RSL in the coming weeks.

Beckerman is a nine-time MLS All Star and holds the MLS career records for regular season games played (432), games started (403), and mintues played (36,020) among field players. He's also been a member of the US Men's National Team where he has 58 caps including appearances in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Copa America in 2007 and 2016, and the Gold Cup in 2009, 2013, and 2015.

"Kyle is a player that leads by example and is vocal. He does his job and inspires people around him with his performance," RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said. "Along with a few other guys, he has defined our organization for quite some time. He also defines and embodies the movement of where we are going. He has embraced this evolution and he's excited about the moments to come and the moments to share with fans. All that added up makes it a really special thing for us to be able to re-sign him."

RSL's captain started in 26 matches last season and scored four goals during the campaign. During his tenure, RSL has won an MLS Cup in 2009 and reached the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2010-11, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2013, and MLS Cup in 2013.

"I cannot imagine an RSL team next year without Kyle here. Without Kyle with the armband on. Without Kyle leading the charge," Real Salt Lake Head Coach Mike Petke said. "I think that he is iconic here in Salt Lake, and that he is one of the best players in the history of this league. And I think he deserves and will earn anything that he gets. There will be a statue here of Kyle one day. It's a no-brainer that Kyle is back; we couldn't do this without him."

Real Salt Lake opens the 2018 season on March 3rd against FC Dallas on the road.

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