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Beasley, Convey Make Jump to European Teams

CHICAGO (July 22, 2004) - U.S. Men’s National Team teammates DaMarcus Beasley and Bobby Convey have both agreed to contracts with teams over in Europe and will be leaving MLS and begin training with their new clubs as they get ready for the upcoming season.

Chicago Fire’s Beasley will be taking his talents to PSV Eindhoven of the Dutch First Division, while D.C. United’s Convey is headed to Reading Football Club of the English First Division.

Beasley and Convey both become mainstays on the U.S. MNT while still early in their soccer careers (Beasley is 22, Convey is 21), allowing them to attract attention from numerous clubs overseas.

The speedy footwork of Beasley propelled the Fort Wayne, Ind., native onto the U.S. MNT World Cup roster in 2002 after snagging his first cap in a 2-1 win over China on Jan. 27, 2001. During the World Cup, Beasley played in three matches as the U.S. made history by reaching the quarterfinals in Korea/Japan. Overall, Beasley has appeared in 36 matches for the U.S. MNT, scoring eight goals (four of which have come this year as he leads the team in goals scored).

Convey, who at the time became the youngest player drafted by MLS when he was chosen in 2000, has 26 caps with the U.S. MNT, getting his first appearance at the age of 17 against Mexico on Oct. 25, 2000 (he is the third youngest in MNT history to get a cap). Since then, Convey captained the Under-20 MNT during their remarkable quarterfinal run in the FIFA World Youth Championship and was part of the Under-23 Olympic Qualifying Team, all while slowly gaining more and more appearances with the full team.

Both Beasley (2001) and Convey (2002) won U.S. Soccer’s Chevrolet Youth Male Athlete of the Year award.