Beasley hon­ored for his 126 U.S. caps

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wave of tal­ent sim­i­lar to the one that he was a part of back in 1999.

“It feels great,” Beasley said. “We all know it: the youth are the fu­ture. When my­self, Lan­don, Tim were com­ing up, we were the fu­ture. Now it's a new crop.”

For the first three weeks of his re­tire­ment, Beasley was ex­cited by his newly re­laxed schedule — wak­ing up to take his daugh­ter to school in­stead of to train, not hav­ing to painstak­ingly track his diet. But the bore­dom quickly be­gan to sink in.

Now Beasley is look­ing for a new chalAs lenge on the op­po­site side of the ball. He's hop­ing to build a ca­reer in the busi­ness or coach­ing side of soc­cer, learn­ing as­pects of the game that play­ers rarely touch.

“When­ever I speak about it, I'm ex­cited,” Beasley said. “I want to be ex­cited about some­thing that I'm do­ing. I don't want to do it just to do it. I'm ready to get started. I want to get into some­thing.”

The U.S. men's na­tional team will close the first stage of the Na­tions League tour­na­ment with a match against Cuba in the Cayman Is­lands on Tues­day.

ELISE AMEN­DOLA/AP

For­mer U.S. men’s na­tional team mid­fielder DaMar­cus Beasley, shown dur­ing the 2010 World Cup, was hon­ored be­fore the Amer­i­cans’ win over Canada Fri­day night at Ex­plo­ria Sta­dium in Or­lando.

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