Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Tony Beltran were back in Salt Lake, but had Thursday off after playing in Wednesday night’s all-star game.
Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis had expressed his desire to see the trio play as little as possible in the exhibition match, in hopes that he could play Beckerman and Rimando in Colorado on Saturday. (Beltran will be serving a one-game suspension for a red card he picked up against Toronto before leaving for the Gold Cup).
Beltran played the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 loss to AS Roma, while Beckerman and Rimando each logged 45 minutes of action. That should ease some concerns about their availability this weekend.
“Forty-five minutes for me is like a hard training session, and if they had been with us yesterday, they would have had a hard training session,” Kreis said Thursday. “But we also need to think about the minutes collectively they’ve put in the last month. We’ve got to talk to them and see. If they both feel pretty good, I’m inclined to think we’d give them a run.”
— Aaron Falk