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Four-Time FIFA World Cup Defender DaMarcus Beasley Retires from International Soccer

CHICAGO (Dec. 15, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from international soccer. Beasley caps off a stellar career that spanned 14 years and included 121 appearances.

This past summer, Beasley became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). He joined Kasey Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) and Claudio Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) as the only USA players to be a part of four World Cup teams.

Beasley’s 11 caps in the World Cup tie for second-most in U.S. MNT history, and his 121 appearances rank fifth on the all-time list since debuting in 2001.

In 2014, Beasley started in six of seven games while logging 530 minutes. He was one of seven MNT players to start in all four games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Beasley was one of only four players to play in every minute during the tournament.

Beasley tallied 17 international goals, which ties for ninth on the all-time list with Earnie Stewart. Beasley’s 13-career assists tie for eighth on the all-time list with Clint Dempsey.

During his tenure, Beasley won four CONCACAF Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013), the latter serving as the team captain. His 2013 campaign included a career-high 17 appearances and 1,469 minutes.

Beasley first made his name known among the U.S. Under-17 and U-20 Men’s National Teams, playing in FIFA World Cups at both age levels. He won the Silver Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship as the tournament’s second-best player as the USA advanced to the semifinal stage of that event. Beasley also played in every minute of the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He was named the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2001.

Professionally, Beasley became the first American to score in the Champions League for two teams – Rangers and PSV Eindhoven – and holds the MNT record with 22 Champions League appearances overall. Beasley won two Dutch league championships with PSV and two Scottish titles with Rangers.

Beasley has had two stints in Major League Soccer, first with the Chicago Fire and then most recently with the Houston Dynamo. Beasley won the 2000 and 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with the Fire.

DaMarcus Beasley's U.S. Men's National Team Moments

ussoccer.com remembers some of former Men's National Team player DaMarcus Beasley's best moments with the USA!

MNT Drops 2-1 Decision to No. 3 FIFA-Ranked Colombia

LONDON (Nov. 14, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore scored an early goal, but No. 3 FIFA-ranked Colombia scored two unanswered goals in the second half en route to a 2-1 victory in front of 24,235 spectators, a record attendance for an international match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham. Carlos Bacca scored the game-tying goal in the 60th minute and Teofilo Gutierrez the game-winner in the 87th minute. 

Altidore’s 10th-minute tally from the penalty spot was the 25th of his international career and team-leading fourth of 2014. 

The USA is now 16-35-9 all-time against top-10 FIFA-ranked opponents and 3-10-4 all-time against Colombia. 

The U.S. MNT wraps up its 2014 schedule against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Univision. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty), 10th minute: The USA drew a penalty kick when Jermaine Jones headed the ball into the right side of the box toward Rubio Rubin. Rubin was fighting off Pablo Armero for the 50-50, when Armero’s left arm made contact with the ball. That led to Altidore’s penalty kick and the USA striker hesitated on his approach against Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas, who dove to his left as Altidore’s shot was driven just behind him toward the middle of the frame. The tally was the U.S. MNT’s first in a London-based game; the team had been outscored 13-0 in three previous London matches. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL) 

COL – Carlos Bacca (James Rodriguez), 60th minute: Rodriguez played a through ball in the direction of Teofilo Gutierrez, who was in an offside position. Gutierrez refrained from touching the ball, and referee Szymon Marciniak decided that he did not impact the play and let play continue while the USA back line screamed for a whistle. Meanwhile, Bacca made a dash to the ball, took a touch to his right, and from the corner of the six-yard box slotted the ball into the net for the equalizer. USA 1, COL 1 (SEE GOAL) 

COL – Teofilo Gutierrez (Edwin Cardona), 87th minute: From the right side of the box, Cardona lofted the ball to the left side over second-half sub Julian Green and connected with Gutierrez, who headed the ball top shelf in the center of the goal past diving USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan. USA 1, COL 2 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 27th minute: Following a corner kick from the left side, Colombia’s Jeison Murillo lofted his header toward the upper left corner of the frame. Guzan instinctively reached up to bat the ball over the crossbar. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 41st minute: James Rodriguez built up the attack with a creative back heel toward Carlos Bacca and the Colombia forward shot from the right side. Jones tracked back in time to deflect the ball out of bounds to keep Colombia off the score sheet. 

COL – Camilo Vargas, 59th minute: Colombia’s goalkeeper was challenged nearly 15 minutes into the second half when Jermaine Jones headed the ball off of a corner kick. Jones tried for the inside right of the frame, but Vargas cut down the angle to make the save. 

USA – Brad Guzan, 64th, 65th and 68th minutes: Colombia dictated the play for much of the second half and created three great scoring chances in a four-minute span. Carlos Sanchez’s right-footed shot deflected off of DeAndre Yedlin, and Guzan dove to his left for the save. Guzan then stopped a rolling shot from Teofilo Gutierrez and also turned away a Pablo Armero attempt from outside the box. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Jozy Altidore moved into sole possession of fifth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list with his 25th-career goal. Altidore moved past Joe-Max Moore (24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002).
  • DaMarcus Beasley entered Friday’s match in the second half to earn his 121st cap, which ranks fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The USA’s final match of 2014 kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, Univision
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-4-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 0-4-0 all-time in games played in the London area.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Brad Guzan in goal, making his fourth start of the year and 28th cap overall.
  • The starting back line included Greg Garza on the left, DeAndre Yedlin on the right and a center back pairing of John Brooks and Jermaine Jones. For Jones, it was his second straight match on defense after featuring primarily in the midfield throughout the year. Yedlin earned his 10th cap and second start of the year.
  • The USA’s starting midfield in a 4-1-3-2 formation included Kyle Beckerman in a holding role, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya on the outside and Mix Diskerud in the middle. Bedoya now leads the U.S. MNT with 11 caps in 2014.
  • The starting front line featured team captain Jozy Altidore and the MNT debut for Rubio Rubin, the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year.
  • To open the second half, Johnson dropped into the defense and Yedlin pushed up to midfield.
  • In the 67th minute, Klinsmann made a pair of subs with Bobby Wood replacing Rubin and Alfredo Morales entering for Bedoya.
  • DaMarcus Beasley replaced Garza in the 70th minute.
  • USA midfielder Lee Nguyen made his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute.
  • Julian Green was brought into the match for Yedlin in the 86th minute.
  • Rubin had a couple of dangerous scoring chances in each half during his MNT debut. Rubin’s closest came in the 47th minute when Bedoya set him up beautifully with a right-footed cross from the left side. Rubin got behind the Colombia defense, but his header went just wide right of the frame.
  • The USA dodged a couple scares from Colombia’s attack in the first half. In the 33rd minute, Colombia nearly capitalized on a USA giveaway in the midfield that lead to Carlos Bacca’s right-footed shot, which deflected off of the right post and went out of bounds for a U.S. goal kick. Then, just before halftime, Bacca’s shot from outside the box deflected off of Jones. Colombian players screamed for a hand ball, which replays showed deflected off of Jones’ left arm.
  • The USA is now 2-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s armband.
  • The U.S. is 33-14-11 all-time under Klinsmann.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Nov. 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Craven Cottage; London, England
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. local)
Attendance: 24,235
Weather: 52 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         1 0 1
COL                         0 2 2

USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty)                      10th minute
COL – Carlos Bacca (James Rodriguez)       60
COL – Teofilo Gutierrez (Edwin Cardona)   87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (16-Julian Green, 86), 13-Jermaine Jones, 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 70); 15-Kyle Beckerman; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (4-Alfredo Morales, 67), 10-Mix Diskerud (8-Lee Nguyen, 78), 23-Fabian Johnson; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 9-Rubio Rubin (19-Bobby Wood, 67)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 12-Nick Rimando, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Timmy Chandler
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

COL: 12-Camilo Vargas; 3 -Pedro Franco, 4-Santiago Arias, 7-Pablo Armero, 23-Jeison Murillo; 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar (27-Edwin Cardona, 74), 11-Juan Cuadrado (15-Juan Quintero, 89), 10-James Rodriguez (capt.); 17- Carlos Bacca (20-Adrian Ramos, 79), 19-Teofilo Gutierrez (21-Jackson Martinez, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Leandro Castellanos, 2-Cristian Zapata, 16-Eder Balanta, 22-Jose Cuadrado, 24-Daniel Bocanegra, 25-Alexander Mejia, 26-Carlos Carbonero, 28-Brayan Angulo, 14-Yimmi Chara 
Head Coach: José Pékerman

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 7 / 16
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Abel Aguilar (caution)    29th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution )  35

Officials:
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
4th Official: Lee Probert (ENG)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Kyle Beckerman

Photo Gallery: MNT in London

Photos from the U.S. MNT's visit to the London Eye and final training session ahead of its big showdown against Colombia at Craven Cottage on Nov. 14, 2014. 

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in London - Nov. 10, 2014

Photos from the U.S. MNT's first training session on Nov. 10, 2014 ahead of its international friendly with Colombia at Fulham's Craven Cottage on Nov. 14.

Possessing speed, quickness, and the ability to play on both sides of the ball, DaMarcus Beasley has experienced a mild renaissance as he enters his second decade of play with the U.S. National Team. The three-time World Cup veteran has represented the U.S. in World Cups at the U-17, U-20 and full-team level, as well as the FIFA Confederations Cup. Varying injuries during the past few years challenged his ability to get consistent playing time at Rangers in Scotland and Hannover 96 in Germany. Now with Puebla in the Mexican Primera Division, Beasley has established himself as a regular starter.

  • Made consecutive appearances in 2011 against Honduras, Ecuador and France
  • Named to the roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making a substitute appearance in the historic 1-0 win against Algeria 
  • Has made 26 appearances for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying, recording six goals
  • Captained the U.S. for the first time in his career when he led the team out for the World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain in 2008 
  • Has played professionally in the U.S., Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Mexico, becoming the only American to appear in the semifinals of the Champions League when he helped PSV Eindhoven to the final four in 2004-05 tournament with four goals in 12 games 
  • Got his start in March 1999 when he became what was then the youngest player to sign an MLS contract at 16 years, 10 months, and was originally allocated to the L.A. Galaxy


 

2011: Made three appearances for the U.S. in consecutive matches against Honduras on Oct. 8, Ecuador on Oct. 11 and France on Nov. 11 … 2010: Named to the roster for the FIFA World Cup … Came on as a substitute in the historic 1-0 win against Algeria … Made consecutive appearances against Netherlands on March 3 and Czech Republic on May 25 … 2009: Made appearances in first five final round qualifiers for the World Cup, starting four … Started at left back for the first time in his national team career, playing in that spot against Trinidad & Tobago and Costa Rica … Played in two matches in the USA’s run to the Confederations Cup final, including a start against Brazil in group play … 2008: After sustaining the biggest injury in his career, a torn posterior cruciate ligament, he returned to the U.S. fold in May with an appearance against England at Wembley Stadium … Went on to feature in 10 games total for the U.S., scoring twice and adding two assists to the team’s efforts … Added a double in the 6-1 rout of Cuba in October, marking the first time in more than a year he was on the scoresheet for the U.S. … 2007: An integral part of the USA’s victorious run through the 2007 Gold Cup, he started five of the six games on the left side of midfield … Scored twice during the tournament and was an honorable mention to the All-Tournament Team … Named Man of the Match twice during the year, once against China in early June and again after scoring twice in the match versus El Salvador during the Gold Cup … 2006: Appeared in all three matches for United States at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany … Had the USA’s only assist of the tournament when he laid the ball on for Clint Dempsey to score during the third match of the group stage against Ghana … 2005: Registered four goals for the second year running and emerged as an attacking force during the USA’s qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, tying for third in goals scored (four) … Scored the insurance goal that clinched the USA’s qualification for Germany, taking a textbook pass from Claudio Reyna and beating Oswaldo Sanchez to secure a 2-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3 in Columbus … Played in six of ten final round qualifiers and started 13 of 18 qualifiers in total … Scored three goals in the USA’s 2005 Gold Cup championship run, including a pair in the 3-1 quarterfinal victory against Jamaica on July 16 in Foxborough … Named ussoccer.com Man of the Match for that performance … One of three U.S. players voted to the Gold Cup All-Tournament Team … Exploits for club and country made him a finalist for 2005 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year ... 2004: Turned in perhaps his finest year for the senior team, finishing in second place for both goals scored (4) and minutes played (1170) … One of only two players to start all eight World Cup qualifiers … Recorded his first three World Cup qualifying goals, netting twice against Grenada on June 13 then adding the game-winner a week later in the return leg … Twice earned Man of the Match honors, including the draw with Denmark on Jan. 18 and the USA’s first win in Europe in seven years, the 1-0 victory against Poland in Plock … Tallied the lone goal for the U.S. in that match … 2003: Considered one of the USA’s best players in the FIFA Confederations Cup, he tallied the team’s lone goal in the tournament during the opening match 2-1 loss to Turkey … Voted Man of the Match twice, including the scoreless draw against Mexico on May 8 in Houston … Assisted Landon Donovan’s game winning goal against Paraguay on July 6 in Columbus … Made 12 appearances for the senior team, tied for fifth most in the squad … 2002: Made 12 appearances and scored three goals in 2002 … His first goal with the Men’s National Team was the game-winner against Korea Republic in added time of the Gold Cup opener (Jan. 19) … Assisted on Ante Razov’s goal against El Salvador … 2001: Made his MNT debut on Jan. 27 with an impressive 90-minute performance in a 2-1 win against China ... Played the first half of the final 2002 qualifier, a 0-0 draw in Trinidad on Nov. 11 ... Forced to leave that match with a mild concussion … Named to the training camp roster prior to the U.S.-Mexico qualifier in Feb. 28, 2001, but withdrew with an injury ... Trained with the national team for the first time in March 2000 ... Under-23s: Was a member of the squad that qualified for the Olympics in Hershey, Pa., in April 2000, but did not make the final roster for Sydney … Appeared in three of four games as the USA finished second to Honduras in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament … Helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games ... Under-20s: Played every minute of the World Youth Championship in Argentina in 2001 … Scored two goals and had an assist against Chile in the first round of the World Youth Championship … Tore up the 2001 CONCACAF Qualifying tournament with three goals and four assists in three matches ... Named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player ... Under-17s: Helped the Americans advance to the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship ... Named Man of the Match twice at the 1999 tournament and captured the Silver Ball as the event’s second MVP, scoring a key goal in a quarterfinal win over Mexico … First Appearance: Jan. 27, 2001, vs. China … First Goal: Jan. 19, 2002, vs. Korea Republic.
2011: Joined Mexican Primera Division side Puebla … Started all 16 of the games in which he featured for Puebla in the Apertura, adding two goals and two assists … Scored his first goal for the club on Aug. 21 in the 2-1 win against Pumas … Debuted for Puebla on July 23 as a starter in the 1-0 win against Atlas … 2010-11: Signed a two-year deal with Bundesliga club Hannover 96 but only made four appearances with the club … 2009-10: Finished the season with fourteen games played in all competitions, including nine starts, with two goals and four assists … After nagging injuries and Rangers’ success kept Beasley out of first team action for the majority of the start of the 2009-10 campaign, he returned to appear in five of the final seven games of the year … Raised hopes with his form and energy, as well as scoring in consecutive games against Dundee United and Motherwell … 2008-09: Began the 2008-09 season with Rangers looking to improve on their second place finish in the Scottish Premier League … Scored in his second match following a 5 1/2-month injury layoff – and on his 26th birthday – helping Rangers beat Queen of the South 3-2 in the Scottish FA Cup final … The second half of the 2008-09 campaign proved a challenge, Beasley rarely seeing playing time before a rib injury kept him out of the final seven weeks of the season … 2007-08: Just after the USA’s Gold Cup victory in June of 2007, transferred to Scottish club Rangers FC for £700,000 … Made his debut for the club on Aug. 4, 2007 against Inverness … Scored his first goal for the club on Aug. 4, 2007, in a Champions League qualifier against Montenegran club FK Zeta … Became the second American to play for Rangers after former MNT captain Claudio Reyna played there from 1999-2001 … Returned from injury in mid-2008 to tally a goal and an assist during a 3-2 victory in Rangers’ Scottish Cup triumph against Queen of the South in May of 2008 … Finished the season with 20 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals … 2006-07: In August 2006, completed a year-long loan to English Premier League club Manchester City … Spent much of the beginning part of the season on the treatment table but came on strong in the winter and spring to earn a consistent role in the team … In total, made 22 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring four goals, including one against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium … Also started in the famed Manchester Derby against City’s bitter rivals Manchester United … 2005-06: Reprised his starting role at PSV to begin the campaign until a hamstring injury put him out six weeks at the end of the year … 2004-05: Became an immediate contributor at PSV after his summertime move from the Chicago Fire, scoring in his first-ever league match with his new club, a 5-2 win against Roosendaal on Aug. 14 … His goal-scoring exploits extended to the Champions League, where he tallied four goals in 12 games … Finished his debut season with ten goals in all competitions and helped PSV to the Dutch Eredivisie title and the Amstel Cup … 2004: Had a mediocre season with the Fire prior to his move to Europe, going scoreless in 14 games … 2003: Demonstrated his versatility and skill in the beginning of the season when he played at forward and attacking midfield while the new-look Fire sought the best formation … Registered a career high seven goals to go along with five assists … Selected to his third MLS All-Star team, scoring the final goal in the 3-1 victory against Chivas, and earning MLS Best XI honors …2002: Completed his third season with the Chicago Fire, missing several games due to national team commitments … 2001: Started 24 matches for the Fire in 2001, recording two goals and six assists ... His six assists were fourth best on the team ... 2000: Made 18 appearances for Chicago in 2000 ... Finished third in the league with three assists in the 2000 playoffs and started for the Fire in a losing effort in MLS Cup 2000 … Named one of World Soccer Magazine’s “Top 100 Rising Stars” in the world in 2000, he was one of the 10 youngest players on the list.
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