Long-time United States Men’s National Team great DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from the team. Beasley, 32, made the announcement using his official Instagram account. In the social media post, Beasley stated, “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. Every time 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).”
Beasley continued, “With that being said, I have officially retired from the U.S. Nat’l team. I’ve been blessed to be a part of the ussf family for 17yrs. 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!!!”
The left-back/midfielder made his international debut in 2001 and has collected over 120 caps in the process. Beasley is also the only male American soccer player in history to feature in four World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014).
The 32-year-old has also been a success overseas at the club level. While at PSV Eindhoven, Beasley helped the Dutch club win back-to-back Eredivisie championships (2004–05 & 2005–06), and also took part in Rangers’ consecutive Scottish titles in 2008–09 and 2009–10. The versatile player also spent time with Manchester City, Hannover 96, Puebla, and the Chicago Fire here stateside.
Beasley will go down as one of the more successful players in USMNT history. The Indiana native has recorded the ninth most goals in team history (17), and his 121 total appearances are good enough for fifth most in USMNT history. Beasley was named captain of the national team ahead of the 2013 Gold Cup, a tournament in which the United States was victorious.
Following the announcement of Beasley’s retirement, USMNT manager Jürgen Klinsmann will have to pick a player to fill the void that the 32-year-old leaves behind. 23-year-old Greg Garza and the versatile defender/midfielder Fabian Johnson will most likely be the top two choices at the left-back position looking ahead.
Despite retiring from the USMNT, Beasley will continue his club career with the Houston Dynamo next season.