Indiana Soccer is excited to announce the nomination and selection of DaMarcus Beasley into the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame.
"It is my honor to lend Indiana Soccer’s support of Damarcus Beasley’s nomination into US Youth Soccer’s Hall of Fame. Indiana is proud to acknowledge DaMarcus as one of the most effective and durable players to ever play for the US Men’s National Team and to register and play in Indiana Soccer" stated Dave Guthrie - Indiana Soccer Association's Executive Director.
Beasley was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and joined IMG Academy, the United States Soccer Federation's Residency program in Bradenton, Florida, after playing for Fort Wayne United FC, an active member club of Indiana Soccer. DaMarcus participated in Indiana Soccer’s ODP program and played at South Side High School for two years before moving to Florida.
Beasley starred in the 1999 Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand, winning the Silver Ball as the tournament's second-best player, behind teammate Landon Donovan.
Beasley is a true U.S. legend of the game, becoming the first, and so far, only American to play in a UEFA Champions League semifinal while he was with PSV Eindhoven, scoring four goals during the tournament in 2004-05 (still the most for an American). Beasley also played for Manchester City, Rangers, Hannover 96, Puebla, and the Houston Dynamo.
After starring at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, Beasley emerged as a star with the Chicago Fire before making a move to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in 2004. He spent a decade abroad, playing for clubs in The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Germany, and Mexico before returning stateside in 2014 with the Houston Dynamo
Beasley is the only U.S. man to play in four FIFA World Cups; his first in 2002 and his latest in 2014, earning 126 caps during his 16-year international career. He was also a key part of the United States team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2013. Beasley was the U.S. team captain for the 2013 Gold Cup.
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It is with great admiration and pride that Indiana respectfully, requests that the Hall of Fame Committee induct DaMarcus Beasley into US Youth Soccer’s Hall Fame.