and Landon Donovan
, teammates when the USA went to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup at the start of their careers, will be inducted as members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame's 2023 class.
Both players were elected in their first year of eligibility. They will join Lauren Cheney Holiday
, whose election came in her second year of eligibility, when their class will be inducted at a ceremony on May 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Beasley made 126 appearances for the USA and was the first American man to play in four World Cups. He played 11 seasons in Major League Soccer and won two U.S. Open Cup titles.
Donovan earned 157 caps, second only to Cobi Jones
on the list of all-time men's national team appearances, and his 57 goals tied him with Clint Dempsey
as the all-time men's leader. Donovan played 15 seasons in MLS, winning a record six championships with the San Jose Earthquakes (2001, 2003) and LA Galaxy (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014) and when he retired was the all-time MLS goal-scoring leader.
Dempsey, a member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022, surprised Beasley and Donovan with the news of their election live on FS1’s FIFA World Cup 2022 Today in Doha, where Donovan and Dempsey are working for Fox Sports on its broadcast coverage. Beasley is a host on Foxsports.com's digital coverage
Great players, great individuals, and worthy selections! They both did a lot for US soccer.
Was really cool to see it live on tv. You could definitely tell Donovan was emotional.