- Date of BirthMay 24, 1982
- HometownFort Wayne, Ind.
- ClubHouston Dynamo
- World CupCaps: 11
- CareerCaps: 120
DaMarcus' older brother Jamar played in the MLS, signing with the Revolution out of high school in 1998 and later played for the U.S. Futsal Team
USMNTStarted in all four matches at left back for the U.S. in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
In the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Ghana, Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups and the third to be on four World Cup rosters
An all-time great for the USMNT - Top 5 all-time in appearances; top 10 in goals; top 10 assists
USMNT career resurged last year as a defender (left back)
Led the team with 17 appearances in 2013
Captained the US at the 2013 Gold Cup
Appearances tapered off from 2008 to 2012 (with 1) before he lead the team with 17 appearances in 2013
One of the USA’s best players in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup
Youth National TeamsPlayed in U-17 and U-20 World Cups
Helped the U.S. advance to the semifinals
Played every minute of the 2001 World Cup for the U-20s
Only American to score in Champions League for 2 teams (Rangers, PSV)
With the Chicago Fire was part of the 2000 & 2003 U.S. Open Cup Championship teams
Named to the MLS Best XI in 2003
Won Dutch double in 2005
PSV captain Mark van Bommel quickly came up with a nickname for the young American: "McDonald's." - USA Today - 2005
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Beasley lists Nas, DMX, Jay-Z and Little Wayne as his favorite music artists and loves Reggae
If soccer didn't work out for DaMarcus, he would have relied on his artistic abilities in design. Beasley already has a jewelry line, The DaMarcus Collection. It was designed with the Glasgow-based The Diamond Studio's founder, Summera Shaheen.
DaMarcus played basketball until the 10th grade, when his coach told him he needed to choose after missing so many practices to soccer
DaMarcus comes by his athleticism honestly, as his father, Henry, played football and basketball at Savannah State in Georgia. Henry later worked as a truck driver and met his future wife, Joetta, on a trip to Fort Wayne. Both DaMarcus' parents work for a company that makes automotive parts and Henry regularly helps DaMarcus run his own camps. Henry also helped coach DaMarcus when he was in high school.
One thing DaMarcus loves about his mom is her cooking. He claims that she makes the best macaroni and cheese he has ever tasted.
“I was taking a corner kick, and one of the fans threw a dead chicken head at my foot, and I looked down, and I was like, 'whoa,' and the whole crowd started laughing. It was pretty crazy, but it's something you experience when you play in those countries.”
DaMarcus has connected with a number of coaches, players, teammates and friends over his years as a soccer player, including his youth coach, Bobby Poursanidis, who coached Beasley while he was growing up in Fort Wayne and is now involved with his camps. Bob Bradley was another influential coach, as Bradley initially pushed for DaMarcus' national team inclusion when he played for him from 2000-04 with the Chicago Fire .
While with the Fire, he had a number of European teammates who, after seeing his skill as an 18-year-old, urged him to play in Europe.
"Once Peter (Nowak) and Lubos (Kubik) and (Hristo) Stoitchkov saw he could do it and told him he could play in Europe after that first season when he was still 18, it sort of registered into his mind," said Denis Hamlett, an assistant coach with the Fire at the time.
When he did make the move to Europe, he spoke frequently with former U.S. stand-out Earnie Stewart, who had lived in Holland for some years, to help him adjust to the culture. Stewart also gave Beasley a pep talk before his World Cup debut against Portugal in 2002.
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.
-Started in all four matches at left back for the U.S. in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
-Has now played in four World Cups, becoming the first American to play in four World Cups and the third to be on four World Cup rosters
-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: 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.
Started a jewelry line in conjunction with the Diamond Studio, called the DaMarcus Collection … Appeared alongside Landon Donovan and Clint Mathis on the cover of ESPN the Magazine just prior to the 2002 World Cup … Brother, Jamar, was a member of the 1999 Under-20 Men’s National Team and the USA’s 2004 and 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup Team, and the two played together on the Fire in 2001 … Played varsity basketball his sophomore season at South Side … Full name is DaMarcus Lamont Beasley … Parents are Joetta and Henry.