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RSL's Kaiserslautern trainee Beckerman: MLS bridging gap with Europe

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman feels that Major League Soccer is slowly bridging the gap with European football.

The 29-year old USA international has recently undertaken a training stint with German Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern and from his experiences believes that the North American league is not too far off from a training and preparation point of view.

"I really just learned what the day-to-day life is like for players, and seeing what that means," he told

"To be able to live through it was cool. There are a lot of similarities to what we have here. MLS is really on the right course towards catching the European countries."

And Beckerman admits the knowledge he gained from his time in southwest Germany will assist him on a few aspects when he returns to both club and country.

"It's going to sound weird, but what I'm definitely going to bring back is the approach on how to treat new players," he added.

"The coolest thing about my time at Kaiserslautern was how welcoming they were to me. I'd like to share that with somebody that comes to my team. It's not like I don't already, but I'm going to try to add to that so when we do have a trialist or someone training with us, I'm going to expand that factor.

"I know how comfortable it made me feel. It could have been a lot different and they didn't have to treat me the way they did, and I want to add that for me as a person. That goes for any team I'm on, whether it's Real Salt Lake or the U.S National Team."

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