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DaMarcus Beasley

Men's National Team
  • PositionDefender
  • Date of BirthMay 24, 1982
  • Height5-8
  • Weight145
  • ClubHouston Dynamo
  • World CupCaps: 11
    Goals: 0
  • CareerCaps: 120
    Goals: 7
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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

Playing History

USMNT

Started 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
Didn't play in a meaningful qualifier for the 2002 World Cup but made the team 
The 2002 Gold Cup was in January of that year, which helped him make the team
Has won 4 Gold Cup titles; 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013
Played all three matches in the 2006 FIFA World Cup
One of the USA’s best players in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

Youth National Teams

Played in U-17 and U-20 World Cups
Won the Silver Ball in the 1999 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship as the tournament's second best player
Helped the U.S. advance to the semifinals
Played every minute of the 2001 World Cup for the U-20s
Played in Olympic Qualifying for 2000 but was left off the Olympic team

Professional

Most CL appearances of any USMNT player ever with 22.
Only American to score in Champions League for 2 teams (Rangers, PSV)
Played for Manchester City, Rangers FC, Hannover 96 and Puebla in Europe
With the Chicago Fire was part of the 2000 & 2003 U.S. Open Cup Championship teams
Named to the MLS Best XI in 2003
The only USMNT player to appear in the Champions League semifinals (with PSV Eindhoven in 2005).
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

Career Club History Map

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Beasley lists Nas, DMX, Jay-Z and Little Wayne as his favorite music artists and loves Reggae

Plan B

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. 


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DaMarcus played basketball until the 10th grade, when his coach told him he needed to choose after missing so many practices to soccer

Family Matters

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.”

Connections

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. 

Overview
National Teams
Professional
Personal

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 


 

2014: Started in all four matches at left back for the U.S. in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... With his start against Ghana in the World Cup opener on June 16, he 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 ... Has played and started in six matches for the U.S. in 2014 ... 2013: Reinvented himself as a left back with the National Team, going on to start all 17 matches he played in, the most starts or appearances on the team … Captained the U.S. to its fifth Gold Cup title, playing five of the team’s six matches … Earned his 100th cap on May 29 in a friendly against Belgium … Climbed to fifth on the all-time U.S. MNT appearance list with 113 caps …  2012: His lone appearance with the U.S. National Team was an important one, coming on as a half-time sub for Landon Donovan in the USA’s first ever win against Mexico on its home turf, a 1-0 victory at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15 in an international friendly …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.
2013: Embroiled in a transfer tug-of-war at the beginning of the season, Beasley ultimately stayed with Puebla, going on to make 31 Liga MX appearances and score four goals in the Clausura tournament for the club with a further four appearances coming in the Copa MX … 2012: A mainstay for Puebla, Beasley appeared in 33 Liga MX matches for the club, scoring seven goals 
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.
High School: Named Parade All-America High School co-Player of the Year in 1999 … Selected to the 1998 NSCAA High School All-American Team … Played two years with his older brother Jamar at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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.
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