Multiple longevity record holder and 20-season Major League Soccer (MLS) veteran, Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman announced he was hanging up his boots on Monday.
The 38-year-old, recognized for his leadership qualities and his class, is one of the best in his position in the history of the Garber circuit. He holds the regular season records for games played (498), starts (461) and minutes played (41,164).
Beckerman made his MLS debut in 2000, with the late Miami Fusion. He joined the Colorado Rapids in 2002, but truly established his mark with Real Salt Lake, being consistent like clockwork for 14 seasons. He notably helped the team win the MLS Cup in 2009.
The Maryland native also got his chance at the national team, with the senior United States team, in 2007. He played 58 games for his country and scored just one goal.
“What an adventure it has been. My playing career is over, but I am retiring with a full heart and endless memories. I had a career that young me could never have imagined, ”Beckerman wrote in a lengthy Twitter post.
The Real Salt Lake captain has also been invited to the MLS All-Star Game nine times.