Houston Dynamo defender and U.S. legend DaMarcus Beasley announces retirement following 2019 season
Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley announced today via social media that he will retire following the 2019 season.
Four-time World Cup veteran and U.S. Men's National Team legend with 124 caps to his credit. Has played professionally in Scotland, Holland, Mexico and Germany. Signed as a Designated Player on July 23, 2014. Re-signed with the club on February 11, 2017.
2018 MLS: Started and played 90 minutes in 26 matches for the Dynamo this season ... Scored his first goal of the season in a 4-1 loss at Seattle Sounders FC on October 8 ... Recorded his second assist of the season in his 100 game playing for the Dynamo in a 2-2 draw against Los Angeles FC on July 3 ... Recorded his first assist of the season in a 3-2 loss at Sporting Kansas City on June 23 ... Missed a 2-2 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 11 due to an injury ... Returned to the Starting XI for the Dynamo in a 5-1 win against Toronto FC on April 21 after missing a game due to red card suspension ... Did not play in a 2-2 draw at San Jose Earthquakes on April 14 due to a red card suspension received in a 2-0 loss against New England Revolution on March 31 ... Earned MLS Team of the Week honors after his performance in a 2-2 draw at D.C. United on March 17 ... Wore the captain's armband in the season debut in a 4-0 win against Atlanta United on March 3
LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: 2018: Started and played 90 minutes in two games helping the Dynamo win the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ... 2016: Started in a 4-0 win against San Antonio FC on June 15 playing for Houston Dynamo ... 2003: Started in a 1-0 win at Metrostars on October 14 playing for Chicago Fire ... 2000: Started in a 2-1 win against Miami Fusion on October 20 playing for Chicago Fire
2017 MLS: Started and played in four games of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs ... Returned to the Starting XI in 2-0 loss vs. Seattle Sounders after having missed the previous game due to an injury ... Missed the Second Leg of the Western Conference Semifinal a 2-1 win at Portland Timbers on November 5 due to an injury ... Returned to a playoff game for the first time in 14 years in a 1-0 win vs. Sporting Kansas City during the Knockout Round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs ... Saw action in 24 games with 22 starts during the regular season ... Named to the 2017 MLS All-Star Fan XI ... Did not dress in a 3-1 win vs. D.C. United on July 22 due to a tightness in the left hamstring ... Did not dress in a 1-1 draw vs. FC Dallas on June 23 due to right quadriceps injury ... Made his first start with the Dynamo as a midfielder at Atlanta on May 20 when he lined up at left wing in a 4-1-4-1 formation ... Came on as a substitute for just the 11th time in his career vs. New York Red Bulls on April 1 ... Did not dress in 3-1 win vs. Columbus Crew on March 11 due to family obligations
2016 MLS: Played in and started 24 games for the Dynamo in 2016, finishing the year with 1,979 minutes played and one goal … Served as captain 15 times, including eight of the last nine matches … Missed eight league games after surgery on 7/14 to remove a loose body in his left knee
2015 MLS: Set MLS career highs with 28 games played, 28 starts, and 2,374 minutes played in his first full season with the Dynamo … Named to MLS All-Star team as part of Fan XI (fourth career selection) … Started and played first half of MLS All-Stars 2-1 win over Tottenham on 7/29 (fourth career All-Star start) ... Started in all 28 appearances tallying one goal and one assist in 2,374 minutes played on the season ... Scored first goal of Dynamo career vs. San Jose Earthquakes on 8/8 ... Recorded first Dynamo assist on Will Bruin's game-winning goal vs. Sporting Kansas City on 8/15 ... Named Houston Dynamo Defender of the Year ... U.S. Open Cup: Did not feature.
2014 MLS: Joined Dynamo on July 23 after playing all 390 minutes in four starts for U.S. national team at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil ... Appeared in ten games in first season with Dynamo and helped club keep five shutouts in his ten starts ... Made Dynamo debut at left back in 1-0 win vs. D.C. United on 8/3 ... Missed final two games of season with left hamstring strain ... Signed with the Dynamo as a Designated Player on 7/23.
2013: Appeared in 31 Liga MX matches for Puebla, scoring four goals … Four more appearances in Copa MX
2012: Appeared in 33 Liga MX matches for Puebla, scoring seven goals
2010-11: Signed a two-year deal with Bundesliga club Hannover 96 but only made four appearances with the club … Joined Mexican Primera Division side Puebla in June 2011 … Started all 16 of the games in which he featured for Puebla in the Apertura, adding two goals and two assists … Scored his first goal for the club on Aug. 21 in the 2-1 win against Pumas
2009-10: Finished the season with fourteen games played in all competitions, including nine starts, with two goals and four assists … After nagging injuries and Rangers’ success kept Beasley out of first team action for the majority of the start of the 2009-10 campaign, he returned to appear in five of the final seven games of the year … Raised hopes with his form and energy, as well as scoring in consecutive games against Dundee United and Motherwell
2008-09: Began the 2008-09 season with Rangers looking to improve on their second place finish in the Scottish Premier League … Scored in his second match following a 5 1/2-month injury layoff – and on his 26th birthday – helping Rangers beat Queen of the South 3-2 in the Scottish FA Cup final
2007-08: Transferred to Scottish club Rangers FC … Made his debut for the club on Aug. 4, 2007 against Inverness … Scored his first goal for the club on Aug. 4, 2007, in a Champions League qualifier against Montenegran club FK Zeta … Became the second American to play for Rangers after former MNT captain Claudio Reyna played there from 1999-2001 … Returned from injury in mid-2008 to tally a goal and an assist during a 3-2 victory in Rangers’ Scottish Cup triumph against Queen of the South in May of 2008 … Finished the season with 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals
2006-07: In August 2006, secured a year-long loan to English Premier League club Manchester City … Spent much of the beginning part of the season on the treatment table but came on strong in the winter and spring to earn a consistent role in the team … In total, made 22 appearances for the Citizens, scoring four goals
2005-06: Reprised his starting role at PSV to begin the campaign until a hamstring injury put him out six weeks at the end of the year
2004-05: Became an immediate contributor at PSV after his summertime move from the Chicago Fire, scoring in his first-ever league match with his new club, a 5-2 win against Roosendaal on Aug. 14 … His goal-scoring exploits extended to the Champions League, where he tallied four goals in 12 games … Finished his debut season with ten goals in all competitions and helped PSV to the Dutch Eredivisie title and the Amstel Cup
2004 MLS: Appeared in 15 games (14 starts) with three assists before securing transfer to Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven in July
2003 MLS: Registered a career high seven goals to go along with five assists … Selected to his third MLS All-Star team, scoring the final goal in the 3-1 victory against Chivas, and earning MLS Best XI honors
2002 MLS: Started 19 matches for the Fire, recording three goals and four assists … MLS All-Star
2001 MLS: Started 24 matches for the Fire, recording two goals and six assists ... His six assists were fourth best on the team … MLS All-Star
2000 MLS: Traded to Chicago Fire … Made 18 appearances ... Finished third in the league with three assists in the 2000 playoffs and started for the Fire in a losing effort in MLS Cup 2000 … Named one of World Soccer Magazine’s “Top 100 Rising Stars” in the world in 2000, he was one of the 10 youngest players on the list
1999 MLS: At 16 years, 10 months, was youngest player to sign with MLS at the time … Allocated to Los Angeles Galaxy, played on MLS Pro-40 team in A-League
INTERNATIONAL: U.S. international (126 caps) and the first American to play in four World Cups (2014, 2010, 2006 and 2002) … Appeared in 11 career matches at FIFA World Cup, tied for second-most in U.S. history ... Appeared in at least one game for U.S. national team every year for 15 consecutive years (2001-15) ... 7th most caps in USMNT history (126), 8th most assists (13), T-9th most goals (17) ... Won four CONCACAF Gold Cup titles: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013 and captained the United States at the 2013 Gold Cup ... 2015: Came out of international retirement to participate in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup ... Entered as substitute in third-place game vs. Panama on 7/25 ... Played all 120 minutes of U.S.' 3-2 loss to Mexico on 10/10 ... 2014: Announced his international retirement on Dec. 15, 2014 before coming out of retirement in July 2015 for Gold Cup ... Made appearance for U.S. national team in 2-1 friendly loss vs. Colombia at Fulham's Craven Cottage in London, entering as substitute in 70th minute for Greg Garza ... Started in all four matches at left back for the U.S. in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and played all 390 minutes as U.S. reached Round of 16 ... One of only four U.S. players to play all 390 minutes at 2014 FIFA World Cup ... With start against Ghana in the World Cup opener on June 16, he became the first American to play in four World Cups and the third to be on four World Cup rosters ... Made seven appearances (six starts) for the U.S. in 2014, his final season with national team ... 2013: Reinvented himself as a left back with the National Team, going on to start all 17 matches he played in, the most starts or appearances on the team … Captained the U.S. to its fifth Gold Cup title, playing five of the team’s six matches … Earned his 100th cap on May 29 in a friendly against Belgium … Climbed to fifth on the all-time U.S. MNT appearance list with 113 caps … 2012: Came on as a half-time sub for Landon Donovan in the USA’s first ever win against Mexico on its home turf, a 1-0 victory at Estadio Azteca on 8/15 … 2011: Made three appearances for the U.S. in consecutive matches against Honduras on Oct. 8, Ecuador on Oct. 11 and France on Nov. 11 … 2010: Named to the roster for the FIFA World Cup … Came on as a substitute in the historic 1-0 win against Algeria … Made consecutive appearances against Netherlands on March 3 and Czech Republic on May 25 … 2009: Made appearances in first five final round qualifiers for the World Cup, starting four … Started at left back for the first time in his national team career, playing in that spot against Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica … Played in two matches in the USA’s run to the Confederations Cup final, including a start against Brazil in group play … 2008: Returned to the U.S. fold in May with an appearance against England at Wembley Stadium … Went on to feature in 10 games total for the U.S., scoring twice and adding two assists … Added a double in the 6-1 rout of Cuba in October … 2007: Started five of the six games on the left side of midfield at 2007 Gold Cup … Scored twice during the tournament and was an honorable mention to the All-Tournament Team … 2006: Appeared in all three matches for United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany … 2005: Registered four goals for the second year running and emerged as an attacking force during the USA’s qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup … Played in six of ten final round qualifiers and started 13 of 18 qualifiers in total … Scored three goals in the USA’s 2005 Gold Cup championship run, including a pair in the 3-1 quarterfinal victory against Jamaica on July 16 in Foxborough … One of three U.S. players voted to the Gold Cup All-Tournament Team … Finalist for 2005 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year ... 2004: Finished in second place for both goals scored (4) and minutes played (1170) on USMNT … One of only two players to start all eight World Cup qualifiers … Recorded his first three World Cup qualifying goals … 2003: Made 12 appearances for the senior team, tied for fifth most in the squad … 2002: Made 12 appearances and scored three goals in 2002 … His first goal with the Men’s National Team was the game-winner against Korea Republic in added time of the Gold Cup opener (1/19) … Played in all three group matches at 2002 FIFA World Cup … 2001: Made his MNT debut on Jan. 27 with an impressive 90-minute performance in a 2-1 win against China … Trained with the national team for the first time in March 2000 ... Under-23s: Was a member of the squad that qualified for the Olympics in Hershey, Pa., in April 2000, but did not make the final roster for Sydney … Appeared in three of four games as the USA finished second to Honduras in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament … Helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games ... Under-20s: Played every minute of the World Youth Championship in Argentina in 2001 … Scored two goals and had an assist against Chile in the first round of the World Youth Championship … Tore up the 2001 CONCACAF Qualifying tournament with three goals and four assists in three matches ... Named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player ... Under-17s: Helped the Americans advance to the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship ... Named Man of the Match twice at the 1999 tournament and captured the Silver Ball as the event’s second MVP, scoring a key goal in a quarterfinal win over Mexico
AMATEUR: Attended IMG Academy alongside Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and others … Attended South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana … Named Parade All-America High School co-Player of the Year in 1999 … Selected to the 1998 NSCAA High School All-American Team
PERSONAL: Full name is DaMarcus Lamont Beasley … Older brother Jamar was a member of the 1999 Under-20 Men’s National Team and the USA’s 2004 and 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup Team, and the two played together on the Fire in 2001 … Played varsity basketball his sophomore season at South Side … Started a jewelry line in conjunction with the Diamond Studio, called the DaMarcus Collection