Tomorrow night in Cleveland, Ohio, the USMNT will play Belgium in a friendly.
We all know that.
But some of you may have forgotten that it will be a hugely significant night for one US player in particular. DaMarcus Beasley is in line to make his 100th appearance for the USA.
Take a bow sir. You’re about to enter US soccer history.
Throughout plenty of trials and tribulations in recent season, Beasley’s importance to the USMNT hasn’t wavered and his versatility in recent months has seen him take on plenty of new roles for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side. With an appearance against Belgium tomorrow, Beasley will reach the incredible landmark of 100 games for his national team.
The former PSV Eindhoven, Glasgow Rangers and Chicago Fire star is currently without a club. But with some good showings for the US over the next few weeks, surely “Beez” will figure all that out.
Anyway, we thought it would be nice to take a quick look at the illustrious company Beasley will now be in, as he becomes just the 13th player to reach a century of appearances for the Nats.
Cobi Jones (164 appearances)
The all-time leader in appearances, Jones epitomized the US national team for 12 years. A member of the national soccer hall of fame, Jones is weaven into the fabric of US soccer.
Landon Donovan (144 appearances)
Most USMNT fans are hoping Donovan racks up even more appearances than this. The 31-year-old LA forward is already the nation’s leading goalscorer with 49 goals. Will he ever get the chance to reach 50?
Jeff Agoos (134 appearances)
For over 15 years Agoos was a mainstay in central defense for the US, with his tough tackling and steely determination helping forge the USA’s identity as a soccer nation.
Marcelo Balboa (128 appearances)
Around almost as long as Agoos, Balboa anchored the US defense at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and along with pretty much all of these guys, was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Claudio Reyna (112 appearances)
The new Director of Football for New York City FC, Reyna was an international figurehead of the US side in his playing days.
Carlos Bocanegra (110 appearances)
Still hoping to add to this tally but not included in recent squads, Bocanegra has struggled this season in Europe after Rangers’ relegation meant he went out on loan to struggling Racing Santander in Spain. Surely this isn’t how Boca’s US career will end?
Paul Caliguiri (110 appearances)
A wily player who scored perhaps the most famous goal in US soccer history. “The shot heard around the world” sealed the USA’s qualification to the 1990 World Cup. Caliguiri is written into US soccer folklore.
Eric Wynalda (106 appearances)
Lethal striker who sits second all-time with 34 goals, Wynalda was renowned for his hard play and clinical finishing. Punditry and coaching have followed his playing career.
Kasey Keller (102 appearances)
Evergreen Keller bowed out of MLS in Seattle at the age of 41, and his status as the USA’s top ‘keeper remained for many seasons. Keller is now involved with TV broadcasts and is coaching with the US U-20 side.
Earnie Stewart (101 appearances)
The Dutch-American midfielder played all but one season of his career in Holland, as he flourished as a goalscoring midfielder. Stewart spent one year with D.C. United in MLS. Now he is the Director of Football at AZ Alkmaar.
Tony Meola (100 appearances)
The second goalkeeper to make this list, Meola shone in several MLS seasons. His most successful spell came with the Kansas City Wizards where he won MVP honors and an MLS Cup.
Joe-Max Moore (100 appearances)
One of the great USMNT midfielders, who shone overseas at Everton. Moore could have won many more caps but his career was ended early through injury. Great talent.