Kyle Beckerman Named New Coach Of Utah Valley

Real Salt Lake legend Kyle Beckerman has been named the head coach of Utah Valley University’s men’s soccer team. He played 350 games for RSL and over 500 matches in MLS, while captaining his side to a Western Conference championship back in 2009. His experience will benefit an up-and-coming squad that is currently sitting at 4th place on the Mountain West table with 13 points from 10 matches so far this season.” The former U.S. national player was capped 58 times during 2007-2016 – which included two World Cup appearances.

The 38-year-old takes over the program from Greg Maas, the only coach that the Utah Valley University (UVU) Wolverine. Beckerman has always been a  team player and fiercely to the teams he played for.

Beckerman played 505 games in Major League Soccer

  • Miami Fusion | 2000 to 2001  | 3 Games
  • Colorado Rapids | 2002 to 2007 | 145 Games
  • Real Salt Lake | 2007 to 2020 | 350 Games

When Beckerman cut off his trademark dreadlocks in 2017 it was akin to Metallica cutting their hair for the Load album. Honestly, I was sorry to see it go but it was a good thing. In many circles, he was known as the player with the funky dreadlocks haircut instead of the great player he was.

Beckerman was always cool under pressure and will bring a lot to the kids at Utah Valley University. I am sure that this will be a stepping stone to greater things for Kyle. 

His old team, Real Salt Lake are in a bit of a shambles with upper management and a lack of ownership as they kick off the 2021 season.

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