DaMarcus Beasley has signed with the Houston Dynamo.
Will this get the Dynamo to the playoffs? The Dynamo need at least 40 points (3 for a win, 1 for a tie).
With 19 points after 20 games and 14 games left to play, they will need to win at least seven games.
Currently, they are giving up two goals per game. This must stop for the Dynamo to start winning.
Beasley is one of best defenders on U.S. Men’s National Team.
While playing in Europe, he scored more goals in the UEFA Champions League than any other American player in history. Recently, he played for Puebla of Liga MX. He appeared in 80 games between mid-2011 and 2013. He scored 13 goals as a mid/defender.
Beasley played on the U.S. World Cup teams in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, the only American to have done so.
In his youth, he excelled as midfielder.
U.S. Team Manager Jurgen Klinsmann moved him to left back and named him team captain.
He started all four of America’s 2014 World Cup games.
Luis Garrido, a veteran of the Honduran National Team, joins Beasley on the Dynamo. Garrido will play alongside countrymen Boniek Garcia and Alexander Lopez, also starters for Honduras.
The Dynamo obtained Beasley and Garrido by trading Warren Creavalle to the Toronto Football Club.
It is hard to know whom Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear will start, but he must strengthen the defense.
Neither Beasley nor Garrido were ready for the Charities Cup game Saturday against Ashton Villa, so we can only speculate, but Corey Ashe will probably be replaced by Beasley.
The remaining backs should be Jermaine Taylor, David Horst and Kofi Sarkodie.
At 32 years of age, Beasley brings the experience and maturity needed to stabilize the back line.
Most of the shuffling in the Aston Villa game occurred at the midfield. Brad Davis will probably start on the left, and Garcia on the right.
Ricardo Clark will be in the middle, but who will replace Creavalle?
My guess is it will be Servando Carrasco with Garrido as a potential sub. Giles Barnes will start as a mid/forward.
Up top, we will see Will Bruin. Barnes at mid/forward that completes the field.
The other question is goalkeeper. Kinnear has been starting Tyler Deric, so veteran Tally Hall is not an automatic start.
I think Kinnear will continue with Hall because of his experience and reliability.
Can the Dynamo make the playoffs?
I think so, but they are going to need a quick turnaround. Beasley wore orange boots throughout the World Cup, so I expect we will see them again as he leads the Dynamo to the playoffs.
Houston Dynamo remaining schedule
Sunday vs. D.C. United
Aug. 10 at Seattle Sounders FC
Aug. 15 vs. Philadelphia Union
Aug. 23 at Columbus Crew
Aug. 29 at Sporting Kansas City
Sept. 6 vs. Montreal Impact
Sept. 13 vs. Columbus Crew
Sept. 20 at Philadelphia Union
Sept. 28 vs. Chicago Fire
Oct. 4 at New York Red Bulls
Oct. 8 at Toronto FC
Oct. 12 vs. D.C. United
Oct. 16 vs. New England Revolution
Oct. 24 at Chicago Fire