Happy 100th cap, DaMarcus Beasley

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It took 12 years and his share of ups and downs, but tonight DaMarcus Beasley picks up his 100th cap.

It has been 12 years since DaMarcus Beasley got his first cap for the United States and tonight, he should earn his 100th cap for the Stars and Stripes. As up and down as Beasley's career has been, 100 caps is nothing to sneeze at.

Beasley's recent history isn't so lovely, with the ball under his foot against Brazil in the 2009 Confederations Cup signaling what many thought should have been the end of his international career. But Beasley went to Puebla, where he regained his form and has turned himself into a useful member of the U.S. once again.

It's easy to forget the place that Beasley has in American soccer history. He teamed with Landon Donovan to give the U.S. a youthful boost at the 2002 World Cup, helping the Americans to the quarterfinals and at times, outplaying his fellow 19-year-old, more acclaimed counterpart. He scored four goals to help PSV to the Champions League semifinals in the most impressive campaign an American has ever had in the world's biggest club competition. He has won the Gold Cup three times and a mere two months ago he helped the U.S. get a historic draw at Estadio Azteca.

Beasley's career isn't going to end in the glory that some expected it to when he starred in 2002, but he is among the United States' most accomplished players ever and tonight he collects his well-deserved 100th cap.

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