DaMarcus Beasley announces retirement

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  1. Susaeta

    Susaeta BigSoccer Supporter

    Apr 3, 2009
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    One of the best, and maybe most underrated, US players of all-time announces this year will be his last.

    Thanks RunDMB.
     
  2. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2002-05-13-0205130198-story.html

    "Beasley's father, Henry, brought home a soccer ball for his two sons when DaMarcus was 5. Although DaMarcus Beasley played baseball and basketball, he was always most passionate about soccer, admiring Diego Maradona and watching film of French legend Michel Platini. When Beasley was 12 or 13, he said, he knew he wanted to play professionally."

    ....

    "He also is part of a key equation for coach Bruce Arena: How much will he rely on his most youthful players, Beasley and forward Landon Donovan, who bring what Beasley called "a fearless attitude" to the field?

    "I don't anticipate starting in the World Cup," said Beasley, who thought his chance to play in the sport's biggest showcase might not come until 2006. "I know my role. . . . Bruce brought me in to be aggressive, to get behind the defense in the later part of the game.

    "Everybody wants to start. But if I don't, I know I'll probably be first or second or third in the game. I'm getting a chance now and I'm going to take full advantage of it."

    Arena praised Beasley's play on both ends. "He's a real tough kid," the coach said. "He's on the ground a lot, but he gets up quick.

    "DaMarcus played like a man today. When you get a 19- or 20-year-old on the field at this level and they do well, that's encouraging."
     
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  3. harttbeat

    harttbeat Member

    Dec 29, 1998
    New York
    Still remember that game when him and Donovan Played against figo and rui Costa in world cup and we won!

    Those are the good old times where we show heart and spirit.
     
  4. wrench

    wrench Member+

    May 12, 2007
    NYC
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Gave %110 every single time he hit the field, whether it was USMNT or club. Considerable success before you could get it on TV, but I'm sure you could find his exploits somewhere. Always loved him. Good Luck, DMB.
     
  5. harttbeat

    harttbeat Member

    Dec 29, 1998
    New York
    Yup, still the best u17 group with Donovan, convey, gooch, beckerman . I thought the program would make positive stride after that but who knew that we peaked right there.
     
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  6. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    Imagine how good Beasley's career would have been if four years in his prime, 2008 to 2012, weren't destroyed by injuries.

    Imagine how much better the U.S. would have been in those years if Beasley hadn't been damaged by so many injuries and poor form.
     
  7. Dervos

    Dervos Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    Club:
    Austin Aztex
    Thanks for the memories Beas. I agree he's one of our more underrated players. His club pedigree is pretty impressive, and his years at PSV are still a high bar for an American field player: league champs; champion's league semifinalist with Beas as the leading goal scorer.

    And wow do I feel old...
     
  8. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Alex Yi, Abe Thompson, Nelson Akwari. Pretty much a golden generation for the US.
     
  9. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Agree; DMB is probably the most underrated USA player ever.
     
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  10. wixson7

    wixson7 Member+

    May 12, 2009
    boulder
    Thx Beas, some amazing memories!
     
  11. rgli13

    rgli13 Member+

    Mar 23, 2005
    Memphis, Tn
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  12. Eleven Bravo

    Eleven Bravo Member+

    Atlanta United
    United States
    Jul 3, 2004
    SC
    Club:
    Atlanta Silverbacks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    One of my all time favorite players... pure heart and soul.
     
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  13. Lloyd Heilbrunn

    Lloyd Heilbrunn Member+

    Feb 11, 2002
    Jupiter, Fl.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In a happier, alternate universe (or perhaps one called under current rule interpretations), his goal against Italy would've counted and we would've won.

    A career for the ages!

    Thanks for everything.
     
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  14. IndividualEleven

    Mar 16, 2006
    Best player in a US jersey from '03 to the injury in '05.
     
  15. nowherenova

    nowherenova Member+

    Jul 20, 2003
    Formerly Terminus
    You're the man Beas!! Damn we're getting old!
     
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  16. GiallorossiYank

    GiallorossiYank Member+

    Jan 20, 2011
    NJ/Roma/Napoli
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am going to miss this man. He was an example for all young guys for so long. Never heard a bad thing about him on/off the field. Universally loved.

    Thanks RunDMB.
     
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  17. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    DMB, I remember when you were just breaking into the USMNT prior to the 2002 WC--and that magical tournament hooked me on soccer for life. I cannot believe how long ago that was now. Given that we are the same age, I have a ton of respect for your endurance and forbearance since I find it difficult to even play a full half without needing to sub out in my men's soccer league these days. You, sir, are a USMNT legend. Thanks for the memories!
     
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  18. DHC1

    DHC1 Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    NYC
    The quintessential USMNT player: played with heart, selfless teammate, fast, athletic, willing, determined to push himself, raised the level of play in big games and fun!

    Thanks for the memories, Jitterbug.
     
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  19. nobody

    nobody Member+

    Jun 20, 2000
    I think his success at PSV never gets the credit it deserves. We talk like we suddenly have guys in Champions League and forget we already had a guy make a run to the Champions League semis while scoring 4 goals. Talented and hard working and a selfless team player. One of my all-time favorites.
     
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  20. 50/50 Ball

    50/50 Ball Member+

    Sep 6, 2006
    USA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    I remember the joy/agony of the moment so well!

    That ref and Koulibay were two joy snatchers.
     
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  21. dlokteff

    dlokteff Member+

    Jan 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, there was this... :D
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  22. Marko72

    Marko72 Member+

    Aug 30, 2005
    New York
    This American legend will always be missed.
     
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  23. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree about PSV but back then there was no way to watch and pretty hard to even get info on how he was doing. If he was doing the same now we'd be going crazy.
     
  24. HouseHead78

    HouseHead78 Member+

    Oct 17, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    When it seemed like his nat career was over, he jumped into the snow clasico at LB and had a major renaissance. His performances at left back under Klinsmann were so professional and competent. I really enjoyed his late career rebirth.
     
  25. SamsArmySam

    SamsArmySam Member+

    Apr 13, 2001
    Minneapolis, MN
    Tremendous respect for the way he handled his career for the past 20+ years. Young players need a role model? Beasley is it. Make the move when you need to and put in the work.

    Put his emphatic stamp on USMNT and clubs in MLS, Europe, and Mexico. Legend.
     
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