In Soccer America 19 years ago: When DaMarcus Beasley was 'getting more confidence'

This week, 36-year-old DaMarcus Beasley  hit a Concacaf Champions League golazo, for the Houston Dynamo ahead of his 20th pro season. In August of 2000, he was an 18-year-old with four MLS starts under his belt. Soccer America featured Beasley along with his 1999 U-17 World Cup teammates Kyle Beckerman, Bobby Convey and Seth Trembley in a article by Scott French about their quest to make it in MLS. That was back when it was a big deal for young Americans to skip college and go straight to the pros.

"I've had an OK year -- not a bad year, but OK," Beasley told French back in 2000. "I'm getting more confidence on the ball, getting a little more in sync with the team."

Beasley played four more seasons for the Chicago Fire before moving to PSV, the Dutch club with which he became the first American to play in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, Manchester City, Glasgow Rangers, Hannover 96 and Puebla -- before returning to MLS with the Houston Dynamo in 2014.

Trembley retired in 2007, Convey in 2014, while Real Salt Lake's Beckerman, like Beasley, is embarking on his 20th season in the pros.

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