Beckerman gets defensive

July 3, 2003
By Marc Connolly
During Kyle Beckerman's rookie year in 2000, he got a scolding from Miami Fusion teammate Jim Rooney during a scrimmage for not getting back on defense.

Rooney, a workhorse on that talented Ray Hudson-coached squad, could bite his tongue when he saw the same work rate out of midfield veterans Preki and Ian Bishop, but not from a fresh-faced 18-year-old. So he let him have it.

It was one of the first of many lessons in Beckerman's professional career. One could even say that ...

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