Captain Beckerman was a big loss for us – RSL coach Kreis

Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis feels that his side missed the leadership and energy of skipper Kyle Beckerman last night.

RSL were defeated 1-0 at home by Mexican outfit Monterrey to lose the CONCACAF Champions League 3-2 on aggregate and Kreis said that Beckerman’s absence due to yellow card accumulation may have been the difference.

“Kyle’s an extremely important player, not only with how many defensive plays he makes for us but how active he is in our possession,” said Kreis after the loss.

“I felt like we were missing that little bit of energy probably when we had the ball.”

Beckerman insisted that it was very hard to sit back and watch his teammates go at it but was complimentary of their performance despite the result.

“It was no fun, for sure,” Beckerman said. “I definitely wanted to be out there, but there was nothing I could do. And I thought the guys did a great job but just ran out of time.”

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