Jurgen Klinsmann has added Kyle Beckerman to the United States roster for the Americans' World Cup qualifier against Honduras on Tuesday. With the U.S. already in Beckerman's home of Salt Lake City, the midfielder was able to join up with the U.S. immediately and theoretically could play in front of his home crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Catrachos.
At face, it would have made more sense for Klinsmann to call Beckerman in for the U.S.' match versus Panama when Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi were both out. Now Zusi is back from suspension, Jones is expected to have be recovered from his concussion and on top of that, Geoff Cameron was sensational against the Canaleros, giving the Americans plenty of options in the midfield.
So why Beckerman now?
Either Jones' recovery isn't going as well as expected or Beckerman is an extra body. The U.S. doesn't need another midfielder for Tuesday's match if Jones can play, but Real Salt Lake doesn't play this weekend so Beckerman can stay in his home city, practice with the team and be apart of the team without missing a single club match. For a player like Beckerman, who has been a part of the U.S. team before and figures to be again in the future, keeping him around the coaches and players can only help going forward, while also providing another useful player for practice over the next few days.
So Beckerman is with the U.S. team now. He probably won't play against Honduras, but it would be great to see him in front of his home crowd and at the worst, he won't be a stranger next time Klinsmann calls him in.