Let me first make it clear that this entire premise is ridiculous. Everyone knows DaMarcus Beasley’s international career was over in 2010.
Except then it wasn’t.
Beasley played a grand total of 11 minutes in the 2010 World Cup, and then managed only four substitute appearances in the next two and a half years for the USMNT. Yet new coach Jürgen Klinsmann called him up March 2013 and moved him to a new position at left back.
The rest, as they say, is history. Beasley may well have been the MVP of World Cup Qualifying, and went on to play every minute of every game in Brazil at left back. He became the first American in history to appear in four World Cups. Did I mention he held his own against both Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo?
“I laugh about it and joke about it because I’m 32 and I will be 36 when it’s in Russia, but I’ll give it my all. Some of my old coaches are here … they know I’m not going to give up and I’m not going to let someone take my position easily.
If it happens I’m in the World Cup again, it does. But I’d be very, very surprised if there’s not a young left back who comes in and takes my spot.”
Since his first World Cup in 2002, soccer journalists have questioned his skill, doubted his physicality, and searched high and low for his replacement. DaMarcus seemed to take it upon himself in Brazil to prove everyone wrong.
I, for one, have learned my lesson when it comes to DaMarcus Beasley. I’m looking forward to watching him in Russia 2018.