December 15, 2014
THAT'S A WRAP
Beasley retires from international play
CHICAGO - U.S. Men's National Team defender DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from international soccer, capping a career that spanned 14 years and included 121 appearances.
|DaMarcus Beasley has retired from international soccer.
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This past summer, Beasley became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014). He joined Kasey Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) and Claudio Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) as the only USA players to be on four World Cup rosters. His 11 caps in the World Cup tie for second-most in MNT history, and his 121 appearances rank fifth on the all-time list.
Beasley started in all four U.S. games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and was one of only four players to play in every minute during the tournament.
Beasley scored 17 international goals, which ties for ninth on the all-time list with Earnie Stewart. Beasley's 13 assists tie for eighth with Clint Dempsey.
During his tenure, Beasley won four CONCACAF Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005, 2007, 2013), the last while serving as team captain.
Beasley first made his name known among the U.S. Under-17 and U-20 Men's National Teams, playing in FIFA World Cups at both age levels. He won the Silver Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship as the tournament's second-best player as the USA advanced to the semifinal stage. He played in every minute of the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and was named the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2001.
Professionally, Beasley became the first American to score in the Champions League for two teams, Rangers and PSV Eindhoven, and holds the MNT record with 22 Champions League appearances overall. Beasley won two Dutch league championships with PSV and two Scottish titles with Rangers.
Beasley has had two stints in Major League Soccer, with the Chicago Fire and the Houston Dynamo, winning the 2000 and 2003 U.S. Open Cup with the Fire.