The Rule of Four, @DaMarcusBeasley Edition:May 20, 2019
“Before my 37th birthday, I’d just like to say that this year will be my last,” Beasley posted to social media. “I appreciate all the love, cheers and jeers throughout the past 20 years. Being on the pitch has fulfilled every dream I could have ever imagined. Thank you and more words another day!”
Beasley is playing his 20th professional season after turning pro in 2000, a year after he won the Silver Ball behind Golden Ball winner, longtime teammate Landon Donovan, at the 1999 U-17 World Cup, where the USA finished fourth.
He went on to earn 126 caps for the senior national team and play in four men's World Cups, the most by a player. He is also the only player who played in five World Cup cycles for the men's national team.
Beasley won four Gold Cup titles with the USA and 13 league or cup titles with Chicago Fire, PSV, Rangers and the Dynamo. He started out as a winger -- he won the 2005 Gold Cup Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer -- but was converted to a left back late in his career.
Beasley was 18 -- half his current age -- when he won his first trophy with the Fire. At 36, he won the 2018 U.S. Open Cup with the Dynamo. Before the game, he said when he was young he didn't think of all the work that went into winning a championship, so winning a title late in his career meant even more.
Beasley, who has played only one MLS game for the Dynamo this season, is the third member of the 2014 U.S. World Cup who has announced plans to retire at the end of the year. Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Nick Rimando will retire.