[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.”