DaMarcus Beasley was Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he grew up playing soccer for his community youth soccer club Fort Wayne Fever. While being in Indiana at his early age, DaMarcus Beasley joined the Indiana Soccer program ODP (Olympic Development Program), where he had the opportunity to work with additional, talented coaches that helped him advance his game. After his time in Indiana, he joined IMG Academy, the United States Soccer Federation's Residency program in Bradenton, Florida, but not before Beasley played at South Side High School for two years.
Being in the IMG Academy, Beasley enjoyed a high-profile career with the U-17 USMNT as a teammate of current national team stars such as Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu. His performance for John Ellinger’s U-17s helped the US U-17 team advance to the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship. In that tournament, Beasley earned the Silver Ball as the tournament’s second most valuable player.
Beasley joined MLS as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1999. He was traded to the Chicago Fire in 2000, where he scored six goals and started 11 games on one of the strongest teams in the league. This team featuring Peter Nowak, Hristo Stoitchkov and Chris Armas. In his sophomore campaign, he blossomed into one of the league’s top midfielders and made his first MLS All-Star team at the age of 19.
While he received his first cap with the USMNT in 2001, it wasn’t until the winter of 2002 when he really excelled and showed that he was a worthy candidate for that summer’s World Cup team. During the first round of CONCACAF Gold Cup play, he unleashed a lethal left-footed volley in stoppage time to give the U.S. a dramatic victory over South Korea. His strong performances that spring led to his being named to Bruce Arena’s, first World Cup roster.
At the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, Beasley was a revelation for the Yanks. He started two matches, including the team’s historic 3-2 victory over Portugal in the opening match of Group Play, and came on as a substitute in another match to give the U.S. a much-needed boost of speed on the left side of the field. He accomplished all this as a 20-year-old, while battling various leg injuries.
After a multi-million dollar transfer from the Chicago Fire to PSV Eindhoven (Holland) in the summer of 2004, Beasley became the first U.S. player to appear in the semifinals of the prestigious UEFA Champions League when PSV faced AC Milan. In that 2004-05 season, Beasley helped PSV win the Dutch double — winning the Dutch Eredivisie title and the Amstel Cup in the same season — and was a regular starter as a wing in the team’s 4-3-3 format. He also scored six goals in 13 Champions’ League games for PSV, which captured the attention of the global soccer community. His exploits for club and country, including scoring four goals for the second straight year for the U.S. national team, made him a finalist for 2005 U.S. Soccer, Male Athlete of the Year.
In the 2004-05 eighteen-game World Cup qualification campaign, Beasley was a key member of the U.S. national team, tying for third on the team in World Cup qualification goals scored with four. During the 2006 World Cup, Beasley started two matches for Arena and appeared as a substitute in the third. His assist to Clint Dempsey in the 2-1 loss to Ghana in the team’s third match of Group E play was one of the team’s highlight moments of the tournament.
Looking to move on from PSV, Beasley was able to join Manchester City in the English Premier League in August 2006 on a one-year loan. While at Manchester City, he was temporarily reunited with former US captain Claudio Reyna, until Reyna returned to MLS. Beasley scored three goals for City during an injury-blighted stay with the team before joining Scottish side Glasgow Rangers on a permanent basis at the start of the 2007-08 season.
Beasley’s tenure with the Rangers was cut short by an injury in Champions League play, but he recovered in time to be a formidable factor late in the season. Injury limited his appearances during the 2009-10 season and he announced that he would be leaving the club when his contract expired at the end of the season. He signed a new contract with Hannover 96 in August 2010. He moved to Puebla in Mexico’s Primera Division for the 2011 Apertura season.
DaMarcus reemerged as a key member of the USMNT in 2013, playing as a defender and is a current member of the USMNT 2014 World Cup squad!
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