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Beasley named captain for Gold Cup
July 4th, 2013 2:24AM

TAGS:  gold cup, men's national team


[USA MEN] DaMarcus Beasley, the lone starter from the recent June World Cup qualifiers picked to the U.S. national team's Gold Cup roster, has been named captain for the Concacaf tournament that begins on Tuesday against Belize in Portland, Ore. Beasley is a three-time World Cup veteran and holds 103 caps.

“DaMarcus is a pure giver," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "When we called him in back in March he told me he would play whatever role we asked, and he has proven his point over the last several months with some tremendous performances. He’s a great guy to have around the locker room. He always has a smile and brings a lot of positive energy. His leadership and experience will be very valuable in this tournament, and he can help connect some of the younger players to what we have been building.”

Beasley, who has taken over as the No. 1 choice at left back this year, previously captained the USA for a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago in 2008.

He is the third captain since long-time captain Carlos Bocanegra lost his starting job.

Tim Howard captained the USA in the Hexagonal opener at Honduras. Clint Dempsey has captained the team since then. Both are back in England preparing for their new club seasons.

“I’m honored to be named captain for the Gold Cup,” said Beasley. “I’m happy to fill in the role for Clint in the moment and help out any way I can. It’s always a privilege to represent your country, and to do it now as captain will be really special for me.”

  1. Alexander Lozano
    commented on: July 4, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
    To be honest, thought the captain might have been Donovan or Beckerman but did think Beasley might be a possiblity, so not surprised & think DB is a great choice as USMNT captain!
  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: July 4, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
    We probably won't win Gold Cup with this group, but its a good bunch, many young players will get feet wet, and important questions will be answered concerning the last 10 places on the World Cup squad for next year. Hope Soccer America, and their readers, will take a more balanced perspective, and not wring hands with grief if we don't win every match. And DaMarcus is a class act who deserved the honor. He'll be on the squad next summer, and could end up filling in at any one of 4 positions.

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