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 Goff, who 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.
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.