In December, United States veteran DaMarcus Beasley announced his international retirement. The 33-year-old more than deserved to ride off into the sunset having appeared in four World Cups for the U.S., the only player to ever do so, but now he's set for a return. He's been named to the Americans' Gold Cup preliminary roster.
Jurgen Klinsmann feels that Beasley had plenty to offer his country and pleaded for him to come back to the national team. Klinsmann believes that Beasley is still one of the best left backs in the pool and that the team needed his veteran presence. So with the Gold Cup approaching, Klinsmann surprised everyone by putting Beasley's name on the provisional team.
Beasley said he thought long and hard about the decision to make himself available for selection, "spoke at length (with Klinsmann), and I took my time to think about it," Beasley said. "So I am available for the Gold Cup if he wants me to play."
Add another option to the stable of left back choices for the U.S. that include Greg Garza, Brek Shea, and utility players like Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler.
Beasley brings a much needed calming influence at the back for the U.S. in a time when younger and more inexperienced players are being experimented with. Even with Beasley making the preliminary roster, he's not guaranteed to make the final Gold Cup roster. However, with Klinsmann's earlier plea to Beasley to come back, he'd look downright foolish if he didn't select him now.