Fifteen years ago today the international career of one of the most accomplished Men’s National Team players in history was launched.
DaMarcus Beasley, 18-years-old at the time, earned his first senior international cap on January 27, 2001, against China, going the full 90 minutes in a friendly played in front of 8,903 fans in Oakland, California. The MNT won the match 2-1 through a Brian McBride strike and an own goal.
DMB’s First Cap
USA 2 Brian McBride (Landon Donovan) 27, (own goal) Qu Bo 74
China 1 Wan Liang 46
USA lineup: Tony Meola (captain); Jeff Agoos, Gregg Berhalter (Greg Vanney), Eddie Pope, Carlos Llamosa; DaMarcus Beasley, Chris Armas, Clint Mathis (Kerry Zavagnin), Ben Olsen (Chris Klein); Brian McBride (Chris Albright), Landon Donovan
A member of the inaugural 1999 U.S. Soccer Residency Program class in Bradenton, Florida, Beasley represented the U.S. at the U-17 and U-20 World Cups and helped the U-23 MNT qualify for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is the only American to play in four World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014). A four-time CONCACAF Gold Cup champion, he was part of the team that reached the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup after defeating then No. 1-ranked Spain.
Known for his quickness, versatility and tenacity, Beasley is the only player from that USA lineup that is still playing professionally in 2016 as he now enters his third season with the Houston Dynamo in MLS after also playing in the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Germany and Mexico. Since making his senior team debut, Beasley has appeared in at least one MNT match over the past 15 consecutive years, with his last appearance coming on Oct. 9, 2015 against Mexico.