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US national team, World Cup player profile: DaMarcus Beasley

May 30, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

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When, not if, DaMarcus Beasley steps out on the field for the U.S. national team in Brazil this summer, he will be a record breaker before he’s even kicked a ball. Beasley will become the first-ever USMNT player to have played in four World Cups and that is an incredible achievement. On the pitch he has appeared in 115 games for the USA, has played in the U.S., England, Scotland, Holland and Mexico professionally and is the only America to ever make it into the final four of the UEFA Champions League. Beasley has had a brilliant career and will go down in the history books.

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Full name: DaMarcus Lamont Beasley

Age: 32

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Position: Left Back/Left Wing

Caps/goals: 115 caps, 17 goals

Club: Free agent (previously with Puebla)

Best moment in a U.S. shirt: Beasley has put in some brilliant displays as a dazzling winger over the years, but perhaps his two-goal salvo vs. Jamaica in the 2005 Gold Cup quarterfinal was his best performance. Beasley, and the U.S., should have won by a heavy margin than 3-1 as his speed on the wings tore the Reggae Boys apart. Captaining his nation to the 2013 Gold Cup trophy was also a highlight for the Indiana native.

Starter or squad player at World Cup? Beasley is set to start at left back for the USMNT. He has been transformed from a pacey winger to a full back in the last few seasons and he has flourished. Beasley will see the World Cup as a shop window as he is currently without a club after his contract with Liga MX side Puebla ran out. If he plays, Beasley will be the first player in U.S. soccer history to have played at four different World Cups. His name will go down in history if, as expected, he’s deployed at left back by Klinsmann. Solid, dependable and a wise old head.

  1. braxtonrob - May 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    If Beasley is good enough, Donovan is good enough. Period.

    (And, the above statement IS relevant right now, because Beasley is about to set the record for most WC’s, for a US player, so don’t give me grief about mentioning Donovan’s name. You’re not Harry Potter and there is no ‘Voldemort’.)

    • el timo - May 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      If only this was tennis, or golf. But it’s a team game. Beasley fits. Donovan doesn’t.

  2. kilik96 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    @Braxtonrob, I’m not a LD fan, but I think it was a mistake leaving him off the roster. Thing is we have more then enough strikers/forwards who don’t score. Yes, LD has scored in the past, but he’s not consistent. He’s not a Messi or a Klose. In fact we don’t have any strikers with that killer instinct. Might as well prep for the future and train a new striker. Comparing LD to Beasley is like apples to oranges. Our back line is in limbo. At LB we have no one really to fill the role. Beasley is out of position but holds it down. That’s why he’s going to Brazil for a fourth WC.

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