HOUSTON — The Houston Dynamo have signed U.S. men’s national team member DaMarcus Beasley as a designated player. Beasley was acquired with Houston’s No. 1 MLS allocation ranking. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Beasley started four games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup to become the first American to play in four World Cups. The 32-year-old has 120 caps for the U.S. men’s national team, fifth-most in the program’s history, and has appeared in 11 career World Cup matches.
Beasley is tied for ninth in U.S. history with 17 goals and is tied for eighth in assists with 13.
“I am excited and ready to start this new chapter in my career,” Beasley said. “I have heard great things from (players) Brad (Davis) and Rico (Clark) about Houston, the team and the fans, and I’m excited to get to know them.”
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native joins the Dynamo after three seasons with Puebla F.C. in Liga MX. Beasley’s club career includes stints with Hannover 96 (German Bundesliga), Rangers (Scottish Premier League), Manchester City (Barclays Premier League), PSV Eindhoven (Dutch Eredivisie) and the Chicago Fire.
“DaMarcus has had a great career, as we saw at the World Cup,” Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear said. “To bring in a player of his quality is a big plus for the team.”
In 2005 with PSV Eindhoven, Beasley became the first American to reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Beasley has 22 career UEFA Champions League appearances, the most in U.S. national team history. Beasley is also the only American to score in the Champions League with two teams (Rangers and PSV Eindhoven).
Beasley started 17 games with the U.S. men’s national team in 2013, a career high, and was captain as the team won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, his fourth career Gold Cup title. He debuted for the U.S. in 2001 at age 19 and has made at least one national team appearance for 13 consecutive years, including the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.