DaMarcus Beasley

DaMarcus Lamont Beasley (/ˈbzli/; born May 24, 1982) is a former American professional soccer player. A versatile left-footed player, Beasley played both as a left winger and left wingback throughout his career. He retired from soccer after the 2019 MLS Season.

DaMarcus Beasley
Beasley with the U.S. National Team in November 2013
Personal information
Full name DaMarcus Lamont Beasley[1]
Date of birth (1982-05-24) May 24, 1982
Place of birth Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left winger, left wing-back
Youth career
1998–1999 IMG Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 LA Galaxy 0 (0)
1999MLS Pro-40 (loan) 2 (0)
2000–2004 Chicago Fire 98 (14)
2000MLS Pro-40 (loan) 3 (0)
2004–2007 PSV 56 (10)
2006–2007Manchester City (loan) 18 (3)
2007–2010 Rangers 30 (4)
2010–2011 Hannover 96 4 (0)
2011–2014 Puebla 92 (12)
2014–2019 Houston Dynamo 124 (3)
Total 427 (46)
National team
1999 United States U17 6 (1)
2001 United States U20 4 (2)
2001–2017 United States 126 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 7, 2019

After starring at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, Beasley emerged as a star with the Chicago Fire before making a move to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in 2004. He spent a decade abroad, playing for clubs in The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Germany, and Mexico before returning stateside in 2014 with the Houston Dynamo

Beasley is the only U.S. man to play in four FIFA World Cups, his first in 2002 and his latest in 2014, earning 126 caps during his 16 year international career.[2]

Club career

Early career

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Beasley joined IMG Academy, the United States Soccer Federation's Residency program in Bradenton, Florida. Before moving to Florida, Beasley played at South Side High School for two years. Beasley starred in the 1999 Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand, winning the Silver Ball as the tournament's second best player, behind teammate Landon Donovan.

Chicago Fire

Beasley signed with MLS on March 16, 1999, and was allocated to the LA Galaxy. However, before making any appearances with LA, he was traded in February 2000 to the Chicago Fire in exchange for first-round picks in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft and 2001 MLS SuperDraft.[3] He would excel with Chicago, scoring 14 goals and recording 20 assists over 4.5 seasons while being named to the league Best XI in 2003. His stay with the Fire ended on July 19, 2004 when Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven agreed on a transfer fee with MLS worth $2.5 million. He signed a four-year contract.[4]

PSV

PSV manager Guus Hiddink brought Beasley in as the successor to Arjen Robben (who went to Chelsea), and because of that, Beasley was granted the number 11 jersey. In his first season in the Eredivisie, Beasley played 29 games, scored 6 goals in 34 domestic games of the Dutch season and helped PSV win their 18th league title. On May 28, 2005, PSV advanced to the final of the 2004–05 KNVB Cup by defeating Feyenoord in a penalty shootout after Beasley's goal in the final minute of regulation tied the match.

In addition to making an impact on the domestic level, Beasley became the first American to play in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, against Milan.[5] In the first leg, PSV lost 2–0 at the San Siro, while in the second leg, PSV won 3–1 at Philips Stadion, though they were eliminated based on the away goals rule. Despite the loss, Beasley was an important player, leading his team with 4 goals in 12 Champions League matches.

DaMarcus was fined 1,500 ($1,852) for driving under the influence of alcohol as a result of an incident on January 16, 2006. His Dutch driving privileges were suspended for the next three months, followed by a three-month probationary period.[6]

Manchester City

After a disappointing individual season for Beasley in which PSV won their 19th championship, on August 31, 2006, he joined English Premier League side Manchester City on a season-long loan.[7] However, his first few weeks with City were troubled by injury, limiting his ability to play. On December 30, Beasley scored his first goal for City, a match-winner in the 83rd minute against West Ham United. He went on to score three times more before returning to PSV after making 22 appearances in total.[8]

Rangers

Scottish Premier League club Rangers signed Beasley for £700,000 in June 2007.[9] He became the second American to play for the Rangers' first team, after Claudio Reyna. On August 4, 2007, Beasley made his Rangers debut, playing a full 90 minutes in a 3–0 win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[10] Beasley scored his first goal for the club against FK Zeta in a Champions League qualifier on August 7, 2007,[11] becoming the first American to score for two clubs in the competition. During the match, Beasley was subjected to racial taunting by Zeta fans, along with fellow black teammate, Jean-Claude Darcheville.[12] He urged UEFA and FIFA to do something about the chants, which prompted an investigation intended to crack down on the crowds at soccer matches.[13] Beasley scored his first Scottish Premier League goal in Rangers' 2–1 win over Kilmarnock on August 25, 2007.

On October 2, 2007, Beasley was influential in Rangers 3–0 win against Lyon in the Champions League group stage. He was involved in all three Rangers goals in a victory for the Scottish side. His inswinging corner was headed in by Lee McCulloch to give Rangers a 1–0 advantage. Beasley's wide pass to Alan Hutton allowed him to spring free and set up Daniel Cousin for the second. Finally, Beasley took a 50-meter aerial pass from Cousin while on the run, controlled, and finished. Beasley was named Man of the Match.[14]

During a Champions League match against VfB Stuttgart, Beasley was hurt in a collision with goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer. This left him unable to complete the match and he was substituted. The true extent of the injury meant that he was expected to miss the rest of the Scottish Premier League season.[15] However, Beasley was named in the Rangers squad for the match against Dundee United on May 10.[16] He made his return on May 19 against St Mirren. His first start for Rangers after his injury came in the Scottish Cup final against Queen of the South; he notched a goal and an assist in the 3–2 victory.

On August 23, 2008, in a Scottish Premier League match against Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium, Beasley looked to have scored his first goal of the campaign, though the goal was wrongly ruled out for offside.[17] Beasley helped Rangers win the SPL title for 2008–09, being awarded a championship medal after appearing in ten league matches during the season.

During the 2009–10 season, Beasley saw little playing time with Rangers. He stated in December 2009 that he would seek a move away from the club during the upcoming January transfer window in order to secure a place in the United States squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Shortly after this declaration, Beasley was given a run of games in the Rangers team during the month of December. He had some impressive performances, scoring in games against Dundee United and Motherwell. After the Motherwell game Beasley expressed his desire to stay with Rangers and help them retain the Scottish Premier League title. Although Rangers won the title, Beasley was not entitled to a championship medal, having played in only eight games, less than the 25% required.[18]

Hannover 96

On August 30, 2010, Beasley signed a two-year contract with German Bundesliga club Hannover 96.[19] He made his debut on September 18, 2010, coming on as a substitute in the 77th minute in a 2–0 away loss to VfL Wolfsburg.

Puebla

On June 22, 2011, Beasley joined Mexican Primera División side Puebla.[20] Beasley scored his first goal for Puebla in his unofficial debut against Monterrey in the Copa Tijuana.[21] On July 23, Beasley made his competitve debut for Los Camoteros in a 1-0 win over Atlas in the opening match of the 2011 Apertura Season.[22] He scored his first competitive goal for Puebla on August 21 in a 2-1 win over Pumas UNAM.[23]

Houston Dynamo

On July 23, 2014, Beasley joined Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo as a designated player.[24] He made his Dynamo debut on August 3, 2014, starting at left back against DC United in a 1–0 win. Beasley suffered a hamstring injury on October 12 that ended his 2014 season.[25] He appeared in 10 games for the Dynamo in his first year with Houston.

In 2015, Beasley was selected for his 4th MLS All Star game and was named the Dynamo team defender of the year.[26][27] He scored his first goal for the Dynamo on August 8, 2015 in a 2–1 against the San Jose Earthquakes.[23]

2016 saw Beasley miss over a month due to knee surgery.[28] After the season Beasley re-signed with the Dynamo, however he took a pay cut and no longer counted as a designated player.[29]

Beasley didn't miss significant time because of injury in 2017 and had a strong season, being named an MLS All Star and helping lead the Dynamo make the MLS Playoffs for the first time in 3 seasons.[28] He received the MLS Fair Play Individual Award, which is given to the player who commits the fewest fouls and demonstrates good sportsmanship.[30]

In 2018, Beasley and the Dynamo missed out on the playoffs, but did win the US Open Cup, which qualifies them for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. the first time the Dynamo had qualified for the competition since 2013.[31] On December 30, 2018, Beasley signed a new contact to bring him back for the 2019 season.[32]

On February 19, Beasley and the Dynamo opened the 2019 season with a Champions League match against Guastatoya. Beasley scored the only goal of the match hitting a weak foot volley from outside the box to give the Dynamo the win.[33] On March 12, Beasley came off injured in a CCL match against Tigres.[34] He underwent surgery on his knee on March 20 and was out for almost 2 months.[35] Beasley returned from the injury and made his first MLS appearance of the season on May 15 in a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers.[36] On May 20, Beasley announced that he would be retiring after the 2020 season.[37] Beasley would make 18 appearances across all competetions in 2019, his last coming on October 6 as the Dynamo defeated the LA Galaxy 4-2 in the final game of the season and Beasley's career. Beasley was subbed off in the 89th minute to a standing ovation from the crowd. After the match the Dynamo showed a tribute on the videoboard and Beasley adressed the crowd, saying "I wouldn't think of another club to end my career with. Houston is my home. I'm not gonna say goodbye."[38]

International career

Beasley has been capped over 100 times for the United States national team, participating in four FIFA World Cups. He was also a key part of the United States team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2013. For the 2013 Gold Cup, Beasley was the team's captain.

Beasley played for the Under-20 team at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. He received his first senior cap on January 27, 2001 age 18, against China. At age 20, he was named in the United States' squad for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, playing in all three group matches as the team achieved its best performance in over half a century by reaching the quarter-finals.

Beasley, along with fellow young midfielder Landon Donovan, was criticized by fans and U.S. coach Bruce Arena for poor play during the 2006 World Cup. He set up the U.S.'s only goal (scored by Clint Dempsey) against Ghana and had a potential game-winning goal disallowed against Italy when Brian McBride was adjudged to be screening Gianluigi Buffon in an offside position.

In a 2010 World Cup qualification fourth-round game against Trinidad and Tobago, Beasley played the full 90 minutes at left back. Beasley remarked that this was the first time in his career he had played an entire game at the position.[39]

As Beasley struggled with injuries and playing time at Rangers, he saw his national team form drop considerably. During the second match of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, against Brazil, Beasley lost the ball on a short corner kick, creating a Brazil counter-attack that resulted in a goal. He was substituted shortly after and did not make an appearance for the rest of the tournament.

Beasley was named by U.S. coach Bob Bradley to the nation's 23-man roster for the 2010 World Cup, but made only one substitute appearance in a group stage match, against Algeria. After making four substitute appearances in the next two-and-a-half years, Beasley was called for up 2014 World Cup qualifiers in March 2013. He started at left back and received strong reviews in a victories over Costa Rica, Jamaica, Panama, and a draw against Mexico.[40] In July 2013, United States national team manager Jürgen Klinsmann named Beasley captain for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he started at left-back for five of the six matches the U.S. played. The U.S. won the tournament.[41]

With his inclusion[42] in the United States' 2014 World Cup squad, Beasley joined Claudio Reyna and Kasey Keller as the only American players to be a member of four World Cup squads. By appearing against Ghana in the team's opening match of the tournament, he became the first player to play in four World Cup tournaments for the United States. He played all four matches for the United States, including a match against Belgium in the round of 16.

Beasley announced his retirement from the national team on December 15, 2014.[43] However, he returned to the national team for the 2015 Gold Cup at the request of United States coach Jürgen Klinsmann.[44][45] He only made one appearance in the competition, playing only in the third-place play-off match against Panama. He entered the game in extra time and missed the last penalty.[46] With a start at left wingback in a June 2017 World Cup qualifier at Mexico, Beasley became the first American to play in five World Cup qualifying cycles.[47]

Personal life

Beasley's older brother Jamar is a member of the Cedar Rapids Rampage and the United States national futsal team and former player in MLS and for the US under-20 team. DaMarcus and Jamar got involved with soccer as kids due to their father wanting them to be involved in sports.[48] He also played football and basketball as a kid. He has also launched a jewellery collection in collaboration with The Diamond Studio, a Scottish jewellery suite.[49] On February 1, 2010, Beasley's car was firebombed in front of his house in Glasgow.[50]

Endorsements

In January 2017, Beasley became an ambassador for Concave football boot, and always plays with the Concave Volt+ cleats.

Career statistics

Club

Sources[51][52][53]

ClubSeasonLeagueCup[lower-alpha 1]ContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Chicago Fire2000MLS182507[lower-alpha 2]0302
2001242303[lower-alpha 2]1303
2002193103[lower-alpha 2]0233
2003227424[lower-alpha 2]13010
2004150004[lower-alpha 3]000190
Totals98141324017213218
PSV Eindhoven2004–05Eredivisie2961112[lower-alpha 4]44211
2005–06274105[lower-alpha 4]0334
Totals5610211740 07515
Manchester City2006–07Premier League18341224
Rangers2007–08Scottish Premier League112118[lower-alpha 4]21[lower-alpha 5]0215
2008–0910010001[lower-alpha 5]0120
2009–1092202[lower-alpha 4]01[lower-alpha 5]0142
Totals3044110230477
Hannover 962010–11Bundesliga400040
Puebla2011–12Primera División/Liga MX33700337
2012–1331451365
2013–1428120302
Totals9212710 0 0 09913
Houston Dynamo2014MLS10000100
201528100281
201624110251
2017240004[lower-alpha 2]0280
201826120281
2019 120105[lower-alpha 6]2182
Totals12434052401375
Career totals4224634636824251665
  1. Appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, KNVB Cup, FA Cup, Scottish Cup, and Copa MX.
  2. Appearances in the MLS Cup playoffs.
  3. Appearances in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.
  4. Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  5. Appearances in the Scottish League Cup.
  6. Four appearances and one goal in the CONCACAF Champions League, one appearance and goal in the Leagues Cup.

International

Source[54]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
United States 200130
2002123
2003121
2004144
2005134
200670
2007113
2008102
200970
201040
201130
201210
2013170
201470
201520
201600
201730
Total12617

International goals

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1January 19, 2002Pasadena, California South Korea2–12–12002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2May 12, 2002Washington, D.C. Uruguay2–02–1Friendly match
3May 16, 2002East Rutherford, New Jersey Jamaica5–05–0Friendly match
4June 19, 2003St. Étienne, France Turkey1–01–22003 FIFA Confederations Cup
5March 31, 2004Płock, Poland Poland1–01–0Friendly match
6June 13, 2004Columbus, Ohio Grenada1–03–0FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying
72–0
8June 20, 2004St. George's, Grenada Grenada3–13–2FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying
9July 5, 2005Seattle, Washington Cuba3–14–12005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
10July 16, 2005Foxboro, Massachusetts Jamaica2–03–12005 CONCACAF Gold Cup
113–0
12September 3, 2005Columbus, Ohio Mexico2–02–0FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying
13June 2, 2007San Jose, California China PR1–04–1Friendly match
14June 12, 2007Foxboro, Massachusetts El Salvador1–04–02007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
154–0
16October 11, 2008Washington, D.C. Cuba1–06–1FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
172–0


Honors

Club

Chicago Fire

PSV Eindhoven

Rangers

Houston Dynamo

International

United States

Individual

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