“I left on Friday," he said on Monday at the U.S. practice held at in Whippany, New Jersey. "Obviously, the game got canceled this weekend with Kansas City, I was able to get out early. I’ve been here ever since.”
The Houston Dynamo's game against Sporting Kansas City was postponed, allowing Beasley to leave early, though several of his teammates had a harder time.
Hondurans Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis finally made it to Dallas Sunday night and flew out to join the Catrachos, who play at Trinidad & Tobago on Friday. Panamanian defender Adolfo Machado was headed to Dallas on Monday to fly to Mexico City, where he will join the Canaleros for their match against Mexico.
Beasley has been getting updates from neighbors about his home in the Houston suburb of Pearland, which wasn't as hard hit as other parts of the Texas coast. Still, the street and driveway in front of his home, which is elevated, were flooded.
Most U.S. WCQ caps:
40 Landon Donovan
39 Clint Dempsey
38 Jozy Altidore
36 Tim Howard
35 Michael Bradley
34 DaMarcus Beasley
31 Carlos Bocanegra
31 Eddie Pope
31 Claudio Reyna
30 Cobi Jones
30 Earnie Stewart
Note: Players in bold in current camp.
At 35, Beasley appreciates the opportunities Arena has given him and the chance to contribute at left back, where he is the backup to Jorge Villafana, the first natural left back, as Beasley points out, the USA has had in a long time.
“I’m just enjoying every moment," he said, "because as you get older, you never know how many opportunities you are going to get from these kind of camps and this level. I’m just enjoying every time I get in, try to work as hard as I can and help the team anyway I can.”
Beasley came out of international retirement after the 2014 World Cup to play for the USA in the one-off Concacaf Cup against Mexico in October 2015. He's started only once in Arena's 14 games in charge of the national team but it was a big one: the 1-1 tie with Mexico at Azteca Stadium in June.
If the USA qualifies and Arena takes him to Russia, Beasley will become the first American who's gone to five World Cups but he isn't thinking about that now.
“I take every camp as it is," he said, "another opportunity to get three points and qualify for the World Cup."