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DaMarcus Beasley: Left-sided legend retires from international duty

DaMarcus Beasley announced that he would no longer be available for the USA on Monday, signalling the end to a great international career in which he amassed over 100 appearances for his country. Here’s a recap of what he has achieved so far.

Naturally left-sided, Beasley has recently been deployed as a left-back as he has aged, but he started his career as a direct winger who was always a threat with his speed.

A product of the IMG Academy, Beasley starred for the USA at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 1999 and never looked back.

He signed with LA Galaxy in the same year but failed to make an appearance before joining the Chicago Fire the following season and spending four seasons in the windy city.

He spent the most part of his career travelling around Europe and playing for clubs such as Manchester City (England), Rangers (Scotland), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Hannover (Germany).

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He was the man who replaced Arjen Robben for PSV in 2004 after the Dutch winger left for Chelsea, so is a player who many respect greatly across the world.

He joined Club Tijuana in 2011 and spent three seasons in Mexico before finally returning to MLS with the Houston Dynamo this year where he is a designated player.

For the USMNT he has been a great servant down the left flank and has an incredible 121 caps (17 goals) for The Stars and Stripes. Playing as either a left-winger or most recently at left-back.

He is the only American to feature at four FIFA World Cup’s, having played in 2002, 2006, 2010 and this summer in Brazil where the USA reached the last sixteen.

His greatest achievement for the USMNT has to be captaining the side to his fourth Gold Cup win in 2013, which the USA will defend next July on home soil.

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Beasley has retired for the USA a legend of US soccer and replacing him will be a huge task for the young Greg Garza. And at the age of just 32, many will question Beasley’s decision to quit so soon.

He can now focus on club football with the Dynamo but his successful international career and work rate given to his country is something few will forget.

Has DaMarcus Beasley retired too soon?

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