Beasley retires from U.S. national team

DaMarcus Beasley, the only American to play in four World Cups, announced his retirement from international soccer at the age of 32. Beasley, who will continue to play for the Houston Dynamo, began his career as a winger, but his international career was rehabilitated under Jurgen Klinsmann, who turned him into a left back.

Left back has always been a problem position for the USA, dating back more than two decades. By the time, Klinsmann got around to putting Beasley for the World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in March 2013, he had already tried out nine players at the position.

Where do I start? Honestly I never thought this day would come, representing my country has been the greatest thing I've done in my career. Everytime I've pulled on OUR colors I tried to represent myself, my family and my country with the utmost respect.(and obviously tried to win) With that being said, I have officially retired from the U.S. Nat'l team. I've been blessed to be apart of the ussf family for 17yrs. I have so many memories from when I started with the U-15 nat'l team all the way to the men's team. I've met so many great ppl along the way I wouldn't know where to start. To all my coaches and teammates, I just want to say thank you, thank you for making me the player I am and the man I will be in the future. I will never forget all the games, friendships, memories we all shared. One thing I hope you all will say about me is that I was a good teammate and ALWAYS left everything on the field when I played. And lastly I want to thank ALL the fans that have supported me and the U.S. Team, without you guys we wouldn't be where we are today! Thank you all!!!

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“I’ve played a lot of different positions in the national team, from forward to left mid, right mid. Center mid, in the back,” Beasley said. “The left back came from the snow game against Costa Rica.  [Klinsmann] asked me if I could play it. Timmy Chandler was out. Fabian Johnson was out. Parky [Michael Parkhurst] was out. Every left back you could ever imagine was out. That was my first call-up for a while. He asked me if I could play it, so I said, ‘Yeah.’ That was it. He had confidence in me since that day to play that position and here I am now.”

Beasley became just the second player to every minute of every game at left back in the seven tournaments in which the USA has participated dating back to 1990. Paul Caligiuri, who was naturally right-footed, played in midfield for the USA at Italia '90, but Bora Milutinovic moved him to left back for the 1994 World Cup, where he played all 360 minutes.

Beasley burst on the international scene in 1999 when he won the Silver Ball behind Golden Ball winner Landon Donovan at the Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand. He debuted for the senior national team in 2001 and started along with Donovan, both only 20, at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea. He played in all three games, and started two, at the 2006 World Cup, but played just 11 minutes in one appearance, against Algeria, in 2010.

Kasey Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) and Claudio Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) as the only USA players to be a part of four World Cup teams. Keller was an unused reserve in 1990 and 2002, while Reyna was injured just before the 1994 World Cup and did not play.

Beasley’s 11 caps in the World Cup tie for second-most in U.S. men's history, and his 121 appearances rank fifth on the all-time list since debuting in 2001.

8 comments about "Beasley retires from U.S. national team".
  1. Garrett Isacco, December 16, 2014 at 8:14 a.m.

    I met DeMarcus at the MLS All Star game in Washington in the early 2000's. It was actually at the Soccer Plex in Maryland the day before the game. What a nice, quiet and unassuming man. He signed every request for an autograph, and was cordial to the fans. I was happy to see him selected to the 2014 World Cup team and I knew he would give us his best. He never disappointed. Great man, great representative of the USA.

  2. Kent James, December 16, 2014 at 8:32 a.m.

    It was always a joy to watch Beasley on the field. His quickness made up for his lack of size, and made him capable of defending players much bigger than he was. And he always seemed ready to go forward and attack. He also seems like a classy guy. The USMNT needs more players like him. Well done, DeMarcus...

  3. Walt Pericciuoli, December 16, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.

    Congratulations to DeMarcus for a fine International career. Always represented the USA with class and dignity. A true gentleman and sportsman of the game.

  4. brian oakey, December 16, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

    Great guy, great career. I look forward to seeing more of DeMarcus in MLS.

  5. Ann Carter, December 16, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

    Kudos. Demarcus will carry the distinction of 4 World Cups for a long time. Enjoyed watching him on the pitch. A hard worker and a credit to the colors. Will continue to watch him in MLS. Thank you Demarcus.

  6. cisco martinez, December 16, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.

    I had four friends that were apart of the original 1999 Bradenton squad and I still remember DJ countess said to me, "Donovan is good, but Beasley is better." I don't know who is better but boy did he have a great career, Glasgow and PSV, played in a champions league semis, not bad for an American future legend.

  7. schultz rockne, December 16, 2014 at 10:31 p.m.

    I'm sure he would've loved to have his mate with him in that illustrious fourth World Cup, but he and Landon Donovan broke ground as the best pair of quick, attack-minded U.S. players of their generation--probably in USMNT history. What is shameful is that they've both retired before we even have their replacements in sight.

  8. John DiFiore, December 17, 2014 at 2:26 a.m.

    Classy guy. Another legend, without a doubt! Always so much fun to watch.

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