RESURGENT BEASLEY RIDING HIGH
Last week will surely go down as one of the most memorable in the life of DaMarcus Beasley who was selected to his third World Cup squad by US head coach Bob Bradley.
In addition to making the 23 man roster, Beasley also celebrated his 28th birthday and capped off the week by meeting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton at the White House.
"It's been a great week," Beasley told YA. "It's been a whirlwind and a lot of fun. I had a great week in New Jersey at camp, made the squad and then meeting Presidents Obama and Clinton was an unforgettable experience. My parents were excited for me. I think they wish they were in my shoes. It was an honor to shake hands with [Obama] and listen to him speak."
Heading into the training camp at Princeton University, it was considered by many that it was a toss-up as to whether or not the Fort Wayne, Indiana native would make the squad.
Bradley went public with his comments about Beasley stating that he wanted to see more of a commitment from the winger to his teammates during the camp.
The former Rangers man took those words to heart and was able to sway Bradley's mind and made the World Cup squad. For Beasley, it was a proud moment to be named to his third World Cup roster, yet he admits there were some mixed emotions in the aftermath of the final seven cuts.
"I felt a little bit of everything," Beasley reflected. "I'm proud to have been selected and I felt that if I could just get the chance, that I could do it. But at the same time it's a little bittersweet to see my friends get cut, but I'm sure they'll be at home rooting us on."
Also joining the ex-PSV Eindhoven man as a three-time World Cup player is Los Angeles Galaxy and US national team stalwart Landon Donovan.
Donovan and Beasley have long been intertwined in their careers dating back to their residency with the US youth national team in Bradenton, Florida.
Now on the cusp of playing in front of the world's largest stage for the third time together, Beasley is appreciative of the opportunity he has to once again play with Donovan.
"It's very special to share another World Cup with Landon," he said of his compatriot. "It means a lot to me to play with him. We know each other well on the field and I feel like I'm his right hand man. Hopefully we can relive the memories of 2002 and do something great again."
While his immediate future on the international front is bright, things start to turn hazy when the topic arises regarding Beasley's future club home.
Reports surfaced last week that there is interest in Beasley from French club Paris St. Germain and also his former club of PSV.
Beasley concedes that his club future is something that does stick in the back of his mind, but also feels that as long as he is put in a situation where he can play every day, then odds are that he will be happy at his future employer.
"I don't know much about the PSG and PSV rumors," he concluded. "I wouldn't count them out, but really, it's not something I want to talk about. Obviously my club future is in the back of my mind but I think as long as I have fun and get to play regularly then it really doesn't matter where I end up."
Beasley and the US team kick off Group C play on June 12th when they face England.