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No Beach for Beas

With training camp on the horizon and being on the brink of his 100th cap, DaMarcus Beasley isn't just sitting on a beach relaxing. 

Instead, he's training with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and their head coach Daryl Shore. The two won a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup together with the Chicago Fire back in 2000. U.S. assistant coach Martin Vasquez spoke with Shore this week, who proclaimed Beas to be looking sharp and fit as he gears up for the summer.

After being out of the National Team picture for more than a year, Beasley got deputized into playing left back in the World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico and turned in two fantastic efforts, including a Budweiser Man of the Match performance in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica in Denver. 

"He is just such a positive personality, he lights up a room as soon as he walks in" said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "He’s a pure giver - he says ‘coach, whatever role you have for me I’ll take it,’ so it’s just a blessing for us having someone like Beas be a part of our program and to know that whenever we need him he’s right there. With those two performances he had against Costa Rica and also at Azteca, he made a very strong case for himself going forward.” 

With both Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo unavailable for the match against Belgium, his entrance into the century club could very well come May 26 in Cleveland.