Former Rangers winger lining up a return to MLS

DaMarcus Beasley, courtesy of Tony Gentile (Reuters)

Former Rangers, PSV Eindhoven, & Manchester City winger DaMarcus Beasley is returning to his roots in MLS.  Fresh off his fourth World Cup, Beasley is expected to sign with a MLS team, after ten years playing for clubs in Europe & in Mexico.

Steven Goffwho covers American soccer for The Washington Post, broke the story on Tuesday night that Beasley is on the verge of finalizing a deal for his return.  While he is expected to sign with an team in the Eastern Conference, Goff is citing sources claiming that he will be signing with Houston Dynamo.

If the speculation comes to fruition the next question will revolve around what position the 32-year old will play.  He burst on the scene as a 20-year old winger during the United States’ quarter-final World Cup run in 2002 & has spent most of his career relying on his pace along the flanks.

Then during the past World Cup qualifying cycle, Jurgen Klinsmann gave Beasley a shot as the starting left back & he surprisingly relished the role & propelled himself to starting all four World Cup matches for the US.  An anticipated weakness in the lineup, Beasley more then held his own & saved his best for the Americans final match, the eventual extra-time loss to Belgium.

DaMarcus Beasley with Puebla

Beasley spent the last three seasons salvaging his career in Mexico but as he reaches the final curtain call – it was likely too difficult for Beasley to turn down the chance to play in his home country.

Goff suggests that Beasley would sign as a designated player & will likely demand a multi-year contract earning a minimum of £228,000 annually.

Beasley will now join the three other former American Rangers in MLS.  Carlos Bocanegra, like Beasley is in the twilight of his career, captains Chivas USA, Maurice Edu is now featuring as a center back for Philadelphia Union, & the original Captain America – Claudio Reyna is the director of football operations for New York City FC which begins play next season & has already lined up David Villa as the cornerstone of the new franchise.

Beasley played for Rangers from 2007-2010, but only featured in 29 matches – scoring four goals before departing for Hannover 96.

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One thought on “Former Rangers winger lining up a return to MLS

  1. He was a decent winger back in his PSV days. i thought the physical nature of Scottish Football sadly got the better of him during his time at Ibrox. i remember his debut against Inverness CT and he was up against Tokley and Beasley was kicked up and down the park all game. i still think Rangers could have got so much out of him but it didn’t happen sadly and i think after the first year or so he gradually lost his place in the first eleven.

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