USMNT: DaMarcus Beasley is enjoying every moment

DaMarcus Beasley, the youngest player during Bruce Arena's first World Cup cycle, is now his elder statesman, the first player who has played in five qualifying cycles. Called up for the fourth time in 2017, Beasley left Houston just before Hurricane Harvey hit.

“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."

10 comments about "USMNT: DaMarcus Beasley is enjoying every moment".
  1. Wooden Ships, August 29, 2017 at 11:51 a.m.

    DaMarcus is a great person, soccer player and ambassador of the sport. Hope his home stays dry and the Dynamo team stays safe. My sister too lives in Houston. Horrible.

  2. Nalin Carney, August 29, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.

    Good Luck to you all : Work Hard , Play Hard , Play for each other and you should be successful.

  3. beautiful game, August 29, 2017 at 2:25 p.m.

    DaMarcus is a replica of Stanley Mathews/Alfredo DiStefano in consistency and longevity.

  4. Paul Berry replied, August 29, 2017 at 3:44 p.m.

    Matthews was 50 when he played his last top-flight game. Marcus has some way to go to beat that.

  5. Paul Berry replied, August 29, 2017 at 3:44 p.m.

    I meant DaMarcus of course.

  6. Thomas Sullivan, August 29, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.

    Agree with you wooden. He has always been a class act and the way he has represented the USA makes me proud.

  7. Paul Berry, August 29, 2017 at 3:41 p.m.

    Only one outfield player, Lothar Matthäus, and two goalkeepers have appeared in 5 FIFA World Cups.

  8. R2 Dad, August 29, 2017 at 4:49 p.m.

    Look, everyone is thrilled that DB can still contribute, and hats off to him for his fitness and form at his age. But age is a problem for the USMNT.
    Old USMNT players still in the pool:
    Clint Dempsey - 34
    Tim Howard - 38
    Michael Bradley - 30
    DaMarcus Beasley - 35
    So the real question becomes, Does Arena have the huevos to qualify with these guys then sit them in Russia? Because the international game is a young man's game and we're stacked with experienced old guys who are, Howard aside, journeymen.

  9. Woodenships replied, August 29, 2017 at 5:13 p.m.

    I agree with you R2, but I was going to stay with the person and weather situation. I don't see Arena moving away from the known to the unknown. I think many believe getting out of group is still all were mostly capable of and the quarters were a fluke. I think we're going to need a younger manager to risk with the youth, which as you say is necessary and our expectations should be on the cusp of expecting quarters and with fortunate draws, the semi's. We do have many more talented young players waiting for their chance. Can we realistically afford to grant this great guy (DMB) another World Cup?

  10. Nick Daverese, August 30, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.

    Look at The longevity of this guy. You know why he lasted so long he has Bruce Arena party to thank for it. When Arena turned Beasily from a left winger to a left back that was the key for him. So he can play either one or as an attacking back.

    I would never compare Beasily with Sir Stanley or with a DiStefano.

    There is an old joke about right after Sir Stanley retired. His replacement came in made three crosses and the striker scored three goals off headers. But the striker wanted to fight that replacement. The winger was confused and asked another player why the striker was so mad at him. Remember they still used the old ball back then. He told the rookie when Sir Stanley made a cross the laces never hit the strikers face ;) I thought it was funny.

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