United States national team veteran midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has played in enough international matches to know when a team can hold its head high even in defeat.
It is safe to say that the Rangers man counted Monday's 3-1 defeat to Italy in the Confederations Cup opener as one of those instances.
"It was a tough one. We battled hard but it's tough for any team to go down a man for 70 minutes, but I'll give our boys credit," the former Chicago Fire man said. "They played well, but at the end of the day what matters is what's on the scoreboard," Beasley told YA following Monday's loss.
Beasley came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute for fellow midfielder Benny Feilhaber and was hoping to make an immediate impact despite the one man disadvantage.
"I was trying to push the game a little bit. Obviously we were already down 2-1 so we needed to try to push forward and get a goal," added Beasley. "We can't open up too much but at the same time when you get a chance, you can kind of cheat a little bit and go for it and try to get a corner kick."
If anything, the chance to at least come on as a substitute in meaningful matches such as these is a welcomed sight for the native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who did not see any playing time in the final eight weeks of Rangers' Scottish Premier League season.
"Obviously I want to play more. I didn't play as much as I wanted to in the last four months when I was it. We'll see how it goes after this tournament when I sit down with Rangers and my management."
The Scottish club won the Scottish Premier League for the first time since 2005 thus qualifying for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The prospect of taking on Europe's best clubs next fall along side fellow American Maurice Edu is certainly an enticing one for Beasley.
"We'll be playing Champions League this year and I'd love playing in that competition with Rangers and advancing far into the tournament. I have one more year left on my contract and I'd love to stay."
The ex-PSV Eindhoven man nearly became the first American to ever play in a Champions League final when Eindhoven narrowly lost to AC Milan in the 2004/05 Champions League semifinal.
Beasley and the rest of the U.S. team get another shot at a soccer powerhouse when they face Brazil on Thursday.