Watch as Real Salt Lake captain Beckerman is sent off AFTER full-time for kicking ball at ref in disastrous performance


REAL SALT LAKE captain Kyle Beckerman was sent off AFTER full-time on Monday night – for kicking the ball at the referee.

After his side’s appalling 5-2 defeat against San Jose Earthquakes, the Real skipper vented his frustration by poking the ball into match official, Drew Fischer.

Beckerman, 38, immediately looked sheepish and was swiftly shown the red card for the petty swipe.

The 58-cap USA star had an evening to forget during the “MLS is Back” clash.

Beckerman – widely-regarded as the pantomime villain of the MLS – came off the bench after 68 minutes with his side 3-1 down.

Knowing a defeat would see them crash out of the Orlando tournament, Salt Lake scored to cut the deficit to just one goal.

But ten minutes later, they were down to ten men after Marcelo Silva lunged into a reckless, studs up tackle.

San Jose made it 4-2 and were then awarded a penalty after Beckerman threw his hand at the ball in the 96th-minute.

Magnus Eriksson scored to make it 5-2 – but Beckerman’s antics weren’t over, yet.

After Fischer blew the whistle for full time, he petulantly nudged the ball into the back of the ref’s legs.

Knowing he was in trouble, Beckerman sheepishly looked up at Fischer – who flashed the red without any hesitation.

It was an abysmal end to the mini-tournament for Real Salt Lake, while San Jose Earthquakes progress to the quarter-finals at Disney World.


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