USMNT legend DaMarcus Beasley loses a TOOTH moments before going on air for FOX Sports as he reveals he put it in his pocket to ensure he made it on to live TV
USMNT legend DaMarcus Beasley sensationally lost a tooth, just moments before going on Fox Sports’ coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as the ex-midfielder had to put it in his pocket to make sure he didn’t miss his cue to go on live TV.
The only American to play in four World Cups, his first in 2002 and latest in 2014, was caught off guard by the unexpected incident on Sunday evening following the US channel’s broadcasts of England’s 3-0 win against Senegal and France’s victory over Poland (3-1).
The 40-year-old Beasley, who played 126 times and scored 17 goals in 16 years for the US, was then scolded by TV host Kate Abdo, as he jokingly vowed to never ‘come again’ on Fox Sports’ Tonight show.
Ex-USMNT midfielder DaMarcus Beasley with 126 caps lost his tooth on Fox Sports on Sunday
The 40-year-old, who went to four World Cups with the US, was stunned by the moment on TV
His guest appearance on live TV comes a day after the USMNT was knocked out of the World Cup’s round of 16 by Holland (3-1) in Al Rayyan. The result was the same as in 2010 and 2014.
‘We’ve shown that we can compete with top-tier teams and we just want to change the narrative because we think, obviously, over the past years we haven’t gotten enough respect for U.S. soccer and for the way that we play,’ midfielder Weston McKennie said. ‘I think we accomplished a piece of that in this World Cup.’
Expectations were high for a team with a core of young, rising stars who play in some of the top European leagues, after veterans from the previous generation, like Beasley, paved the way for them to make the move overseas.
Fox Sports scolded the ex-Rangers and Manchester City man after he vowed to never return
USA’s Landon Donovan, left, celebrates with DaMarcus Beasley, right, against Mexico in 2007
The Fort Wayne FC part-owner played for the likes of PSV, Manchester City, Glasgow Rangers and Hannover 96 during his playing days on the Old Continent.
He also won five CONCACAF Gold Cup’s for his country and was part of the US’ best World Cup performance in over half a century by reaching the quarter-finals.
No North and Central American and Caribbean nation has reached the semifinals since the U.S. in 1930.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup, meanwhile, is from June 26 to July 16 and most Europe-based US players should be available, including star player and Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic, Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna and Brenden Aaronson.
The USMNT bowed out of the World Cup’s after losing 3-1 to the Netherlands on Saturday
Because the U.S. will have an automatic berth for the 2026 World Cup as a co-host, next year’s Gold Cup will be one of the few opportunities in the cycle to have the core group available for competitive matches.
However, after the defeat to the Dutch at the weekend, USA head coach Gregg Berhalter wouldn’t say whether he wanted to stay on.
‘In the next couple of weeks I’ll clear my head, I’ll sit down and I’ll think about what’s next,’ he said.
Berhalter’s contract expires this month — he was paid $1.29 million in the fiscal year ending in March 2021, according to the U.S. Soccer Federation’s latest financial statement. Berhalter has led the Americans to 37 wins, 11 losses and 12 draws, and led the team to making its first World Cup appearance in eight years after failing to qualify for Russia 2018.