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A day after returning from World Cup, Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando lead Real Salt Lake to victory

SANDY, Utah — Things did not go exactly according to plan for Real Salt Lake, Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando on Friday night.

Oh, RSL got a much-needed, 2-1 win over New England. And Beckerman and Rimando, who returned to Utah from Brazil on Thursday after a month-and-a-half with the U.S. Men's National Team, surprised a lot of people by starting and playing all 90 minutes.

But that was not the plan.

We were hoping for, like, a 3-0 win,” Beckerman told reporters, with an eye toward being subbed out “around the 60th minute.”

But I told [RSL Coach Jeff Cassar] I'd be ready for 90 minutes if I had to go.”

The coach was not expecting his team captain or his No. 1 goalkeeper to be on the field against the Revolution. A day before the pair landed in Salt Lake City, he said the two would “probably not” see action.

When I was saying that, I was hoping for one thing,” Cassar told reporters. “My heart was telling me another thing. My gut was telling me another thing. But once I talked to both of them and was able to hear their voices and feel that they wanted to be [in the game] — not that they had to be — it was a no-brainer.”

Rimando told reporters that when he spoke to Cassar on a layover in Atlanta, “His first words to me were, 'There's no pressure at all to play. And my answer to him was, 'I'll let you know when I land.'”

He said he “felt great” when he landed in Salt Lake City on Thursday afternoon and the decision was made on Friday morning to play.

I think Jeff wanted us to go,” Beckerman said. “And we've been gone for a while. We missed the guys. We missed playing in front of our home crowd. That was a big part of it – we wanted to get back out there.”

We pretty much had the same mindset going into this game — we wanted to play, We passed that on to Jeff.”

Beckerman started and played every minute of the USMNT's three group-stage games in Brazil before he was inexplicably left out of the lineup in the loss to Belgium.

I was surprised,” he said, “and disappointed that I wasn't able to be out there and help the team. I guess the biggest thing I could do was just try to be a positive part of the team. You can't pout.”

Rimando, on the other hand, was the No. 3 goalkeeper and didn't ever get on the field during a game.

For me, I haven't played a game for a while. I had a different role down there,” he said. “I wanted to get back. I was itching to get on the field.”

Although both men admitted to some reservations about the quick turn-around.

It was definitely a first,” Beckerman said. “I've never taken an overnight flight on Wednesday, get in Thursday and have a game Friday. I didn't really know how I was feeling.”

Except that, maybe, he wanted RSL to get a big lead so he could be subbed off at about the 60th minute.

That was the plan,” Cassar confirmed. “That was definitely the plan.”