USA are defying the odds this World Cup with three impressive performances seeing them through a tough group and into the second round of the tournament.
On Tuesday they face Belgium in their first knockout game as they look to continue to upset the odds. Many players in the USMNT squad have played well during this World Cup and inspired their teammates.
Beasley is one of the best
But there's one unsung hero that US midfielder Michael Bradley believes is one of the best American players of all-time - and that man is Mr DaMarcus Beasley. It's certainly high praise from the current midfield workhorse Bradley, and the midfield general went further and said that Beasley inspired players and fans alike.
“Without a doubt,” Michael Bradley told the Washington Post, Beasley is “one of the best players in U.S. soccer history.”
“What he has done for club teams he has been on, what he has done for the national team, the consistency, the longevity,” Bradley said, “and he continues to show how important he is for us.”
Live for these games
USA will face Belgium in the second round of the World Cup Tuesday night, and Beasley himself insists that he's looking forward to the challenge, explaining that these types of games are the ones you live for.
“This is what players live for,” Beasley said. “You live to play these types of games.”
He's calmed down
One of the players of the tournament for the US so far is goalkeeper Tim Howard, and he added his praise of Beasley, stating that he believes the 32-year-old has calmed down over the years.
“When he was younger, he was probably loud and brash, but he’s calmed down,” U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said of Beasley. “He’s quiet, he’s a dad — just all the things you’d hope from someone as they mature.”
Young at heart
Despite his age, Beasley is still very spright and that energetic nature he had in his youth has still been on show in Brazil.
US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann feels that his enthusiasm is infectious. “It seems like he gets younger and younger. He never gets tired,” U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “You want to go home at 3 o’clock at night. ‘Say, DaMarcus, do you want to kick the ball around?’ He’s right there.”
Here's a little DaMarcus Beasley highlight reel to boot.