DaMarcus Beasley reflects on milestone 100th cap

The 13-year veteran was happy to reach the century mark in front of family and friends at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium
CLEVELAND -- DaMarcus Beasley is happy to finally put reaching 100 caps behind him.

"It felt good. It lasted about three minutes and then I had to worry about the game," Beasley said. "But at the same time, it felt good to have my family and friends here. Those people who were in the stands have been there since day one and they've stuck with me throughout thick and thin.

"I appreciate that and the fact that it was on home soil."

Over the past week or so, Beasley had to field countless questions about the upcoming milestone with the United States and admitted on Tuesday that he was getting nervous ahead of the team's match against Belgium.

Not only did the 30-year-old get support from his family and friends in attendance, he also got tons of positive texts and tweets from all over. Beasley pointed to those gestures as the reason why he is still hungry and determined to stick with the national team.

"I definitely felt the love today, it's great to see that they appreciate my style of football. I'm here to stay," Beasley insisted. "I'm not here just to get my 100th cap, I want to keep playing. If Jurgen sees me in this team and sees me in his plans, I'm happy to play wherever he wants me to play. I'm ready to play."

After a career filled with highs and lows, Beasley would like to fight for another opportunity to play in the World Cup. Beasley has played in the tournament three times and a fourth appearance would arguably be the greatest accomplishment in his lengthy career. However, Beasley understands he is no longer a U.S. regular and is realistic about his expectations.

"It would be special," Beasley explained. "For me right now, I take it one game at a time. I don't think about Brazil, I'm thinking about Germany. I know I have to prove myself, I'm not a regular anymore.

"Every game is important and I can't look at it as starting to look at the World Cup, or the qualifers. I take it as, my next game is in Germany. Hopefully I'm in the lineup again and I'll go from there."