DaMarcus Beasley: Looking Back on His Career as He Gains 100th USMNT Cap

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 29, 2013

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 15: DaMarcus Beasley of the United States drives the ball during a FIFA friendly match between Mexico and US at Azteca Stadium on August 15, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)
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Before the United States men's national soccer team was badly beaten by Belgium at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland on Wednesday night, the national team camp was in a celebratory mood. 

With his start on Wednesday at his new left-back position, DaMarcus Beasley became the 13th American player to play in 100 matches for the national team. 

Beasley's road to his 100th cap is one that has been taken by few and that has seen stops in Holland, Scotland, England, Germany and Mexico. 

Beasley's name first appeared on the national team radar when he was playing in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire, where he developed into one of the best players in the American league during his four-year stint in the Windy City.

While he was a member of the Fire, Beasley earned his first appearance for the United States in 2001 against China.

After a year in the American camp, Beasley earned a spot on the roster for the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which was played in January that year. 

Beasley notched his first of 17 goals for the United States in that tournament against 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosts South Korea on January 19, 2002, in Pasadena, California. 

In the buildup to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, Beasley found the back of the net in two consecutive May friendly matches against Uruguay and Jamaica. 

When Beasley and his American teammates reached the Far East, they began to defy all logic and advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament before being knocked out by Germany. 

The next big step in Beasley's world tour of a career came in 2004 when he joined PSV Eindhoven of the Eredivisie. 

In the final season of his time in Holland, the 2006-07 season, Beasley traded in Holland for England as he spent the season on loan at Manchester City. At City, Beasley played in 18 matches and scored three goals before he relocated to another part of the British Isles. 

Coming off of a disappointing 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign and spell on the blue half of Manchester, Beasley needed a change and he got that as he moved to Scottish giants Rangers in 2007. 

It was during his time at Ibrox where Beasley began to run into a string of injuries that prevented him from gaining more appearances for the United States national team. 

One of the few times that Beasley appeared for the United States during his time at Rangers came on April 1, 2009, against Trinidad and Tobago, a match in which he played at left-back for the first time in his career.

Little did anyone know that match in April 2009 would contain a bit of foreshadowing for Beasley's spot in the American lineup when Jurgen Klinsmann took over as manager two years later.

His third and final season at Rangers would be the most trying in Scotland for Beasley as his playing time diminished in the season leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. When the 2010 World Cup rolled around, Beasley was included in Bob Bradley's 23-man squad but he barely saw any playing time. 

Beasley then encountered a rocky season in Germany with Hannover before he made a surprise move that would resurrect his career. In 2011, Beasley made a move to Puebla in Liga MX and instantly fit in. 

After excelling in Mexico for a season-and-a-half, Beasley was recalled into the United States squad by Klinsmann. Because of injuries to a plethora of defenders, he was cast into the role of left-back. 

It was that role at left-back that led to Beasley's historic moment in front of 16 family members in Cleveland on Wednesday night. 

Beasley is a true professional who adapted to a position because of a need that his country had, and because of his unselfishness, he is now a proud member of the exclusive 100 appearance club.


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