Beasley Gets Armband for Gold Cup
Newest Member of 100-Cap Club to Lead U.S. in Quest for Fifth Gold Cup Title
July 3, 2013
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 3, 2013) – Three-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley has been named captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“DaMarcus is a pure giver. 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,” said Klinsmann. “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 captained the U.S. for the first time when he led the team out for the World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15, 2008, in Port of Spain.
“I’m honored to be named captain for the Gold Cup,” said Beasley. “I’m happy to fill in the role for Clint [Dempsey] 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.”
Beasley has enjoyed a resurgence with the National Team after receiving his first call up in seven months when he was added to the roster for the World Cup Qualifiers in March against Costa Rica and Mexico. Playing left back, he made the spot his own by earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo., and then helped the United States secure a 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca and only its second point in history against Mexico on its home soil.
“Beas” became the 13th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps when he started on May 29 against Belgium. He proceeded to start the next three matches patrolling the left flank as the U.S. collected wins against second-ranked Germany and two World Cup Qualifiers in Jamaica and home to Panama.
He is one of eight U.S. players to have appeared in at least one National Team match for 13 consecutive years. Frankie Hejduk (14 straight years) leads the list, along with six other players: Marcelo Balboa, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna and Earnie Stewart.