DaMarcus Beasley (@MLS) Following a fantastic qualifying campaign the USMNT booked their place in Brasil following a 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus on Tuesday night. While qualification is in the bag, the next big question can be none other than, who will represent the Yanks at the World Cup next year? It is clear the Jurgen has his favorites, and it is undeniable that a few combinations are surely going to make the final 23 man roster for the pilgrimage to soccer’s holy land, but there are still a few fringe players worth talking about. One who comes to mind is USMNT veteran DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley earned his 111th cap in the win, and his 14th appearance this year alone (only Eddie Johnson has more appearances this year with 15). But is Beasley simply a plug for an ever changing USMNT roster, or has his veteran experience been a key factor in the recent form of the Yanks? I argue the latter, and in so thing Beasley will surely book his ticket to Brasil and his 3rd World Cup. First and foremost he showed create form and class in the United State’s DOMINATING Gold Cup campaign. His recent form (we all are pretending that Costa Rica game never happened right?) speaks volumes to the maturity of his game, and the necessity of having a key veteran presence abroad. But to confirm my argument that Beasley must be included in the final 23, lets take a look at some recent playing time statistics. In his 14 appearance this year, Beasley has amassed a whopping 1225 minutes. Thats 233 minutes more than the closest teammate (Omar Gonzalez at 992). Thats 2 1/2 full games folks! It seems his only real competition for the spot could be with Fabian Johnson. However, I think Johnson would serve just as well playing a midfield role, allowing both he and Beasley to overlap if necessary. They could bring more men into the attack, and with Johnson’s proven defensive prowess can make an impressive stop-loss to wingers/counter attackers from Europe and South America. With the likes of Michael Orozco, Michael Parkhurst, Edgar Castillo, Brad Evans all still in the conversation it is unlikely we can confirm anyone’s minutes a year in advance, but with his 2013 season going the way it is, Beasley is sure to get a little samba in his life next year.