Back in 1999, DaMarcus Beasley was a 17-year-old winger from the IMG Academy in Florida who was allocated to LA Galaxy but then traded to the Chicago Fire. Today, Beasley is retiring from the U.S. national team after 121 appearances and four World Cups.
After joining the Fire as a young, energetic winger, Beasley used stand-out performances with the Fire and the U.S. to earn a move to Europe with PSV Eindhoven. He then bounced around Europe to Manchester City, Rangers and Hannover 96 before coming back to North America where joined Puebla in Mexico and then recently joining the Houston Dynamo.
During his Fire career, Beasley made 98 appearances with 14 goals and 20 assists in just four and a half seasons. He earned MLS Best XI honors in 2003. His impact on the Fire's early success could not be underestimated. Beasley was a key figure in the Fire's success in the early 2000's. Beasley played an integral part in the 2000 MLS Cup Final run as well as the 2000 and 2003 U.S. Open Cup.
With the U.S., Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups and is a four-time Gold Cup Winner. In more recent times, Beasley has reinvented himself to a left back from a winger which resurrected his U.S. and club career. Most U.S. soccer fans will remember him for his exploits with the U.S. national team and representing Americans abroad but Fire fans will also remember him fondly for helping establish the club early on.
Enjoy international retirement DaMarcus, you've earned it.
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