USA striker Eddie Johnson has labelled Kyle Beckerman as the 'Peyton Manning of soccer'.

The Real Salt Lake captain has been performing a controlling role in midfield for the US during the CONCACAF Gold Cup and teammate Johnson has not let it go unnoticed by comparing him to the former Indianapolis Colts and current Denver Broncos quarterback.

"Kyle is the Peyton Manning of soccer, for me, as far as an experienced player [who's] very good at what he does," said Johnson. "He keeps us connected as far as keeping the ball, keeping us organized and that winning mentality that he's had. He's been a consistent player throughout his career and I'm very fortunate to play alongside him.

"And I'm very happy to see where he is, considering that's a difficult position on this team, given the players that play over in Europe. But for him to be able to stay true to himself, believe in himself and keep making it harder for the coach to make a decision in that spot, I'm delighted for him."

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