Tuesday notes from U.S. national team camp


Cobi Jones doesn’t need to worry just yet, but DaMarcus Beasley is about to pass a significant U.S. national team milepost.

If Beasley sees the field in one of the two friendlies ahead – and given the diminishing choices at left back and in the midfield, two spots where Beasley can help, at appearance seems highly likely – it will mark his 100th international cap for the United States.

Jones, who played through the 1990s, holds the U.S. record with 164 appearances. Donovan is next with 144.

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There is more on Beasley, who earned his initial cap at age 18 during a friendly against China way back in January of 2001, and the milepost No. 100 here from MLSSoccer.com.

Could there be an appearance for Stuart Holden? He says he’s nearly there. If nothing else, the man sure doesn’t lack for enthusiasm.

It felt great just to put the jersey back on, put the crest back on and just be with this group of guys. I love being with the national team. I love representing my country. It’s been a great start to camp.”

While Belgium’s roster remains packed with young talent, at least Jurgen Klinsmann and Co. won’t need to worry about Eden Hazard. The livewire Chelsea attacker has returned to Europe to treat an injury that kept him out of the London club’s recent pair of friendlies in the Untited States.

The U.S. schedule up until the CONCACAF Gold Cup is here: