Bruce Arena began his return to the U.S. men's national team with a bit of levity.
In a video released by U.S. Soccer, a mic'd-up Arena pokes plenty of fun at 34-year-old DaMarcus Beasley, who remains available for the national team after coming out of international retirement for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“It's amazing,” Arena said. “He's just an animal the way he keeps going and going. You know how guys need a couple games and this and that? He needs like halfway through in a practice. It's ridiculous, his engine.”
The U.S. is building toward a pair of friendlies at the end of camp, one against Serbia in San Diego on Jan. 29 and another against Jamaica in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Feb. 3. World Cup qualifying resumes at the end of March against Honduras and Panama, with the U.S. in an 0-2-0 hole after losses to Mexico and Costa Rica in November.