No matter how talented a player is, it is hard to make it to a fourth World Cup. Not only was DaMarcus Beasley able to do that with the USMNT through a rebirth, but he played in all four. A lifetime winger who found a home at left back over the last year is a no-doubt Hall of Famer. Beasley may not have gotten his due on a team with others grabbing the spotlight, but three years after full retirement he should be an easy addition to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Beasley played every minute of every match in Brazil and did it well. He showed to be one of the fittest players on the team at the age of 32. He even suffered more than double the amount of fouls against Belgium than any of his teammates. He cleared a ball off the line in the 20th minutes against Belgium then led a break on the next sequence. Beasley made at least four full-field runs down the left side with the last one coming in the 118th minute even though he is often asked to just defend.
Beasley started with the inaugural IMG Academy in 1998 along with Landon Donovan before appearing in 98 matches for the Chicago Fire beginning in 2000. His journey around the globe followed before settling in with Puebla over the last three years. Beasley only had 10 appearances with the U.S. Youth National Team, but now he has over 100 caps with the senior team. This comes after only appearing one time in 2012. He was given a lifeline at a new position by Jurgen Klinsmann and made the most out of it.
Among some of his other career highlights are becoming the first U.S. player to feature in a Champions League semifinal and score for two different clubs in that same competition. Beasley was the captain for the 2013 Gold Cup champions. He most likely finishes his international career with 120 appearances and 17 goals.
While Beasley has had adversity on the field and reinvented himself, it does not match the issues he faced off the field. While at PSV Eindhoven he encountered a fair share of racism, including monkey noises. While playing in Scotland, his car was firebombed and destroyed. A car sped away after a hooded figure threw a gasoline bomb under Beasley’s BMW. Four other players on Rangers had their car vandalized, but somehow Beasley found humor in the situation saying he was in the market for a new car on his twitter account.
Beasley wasn’t the player in the spotlight despite defending on an island many times during this World Cup. As time goes on he will be appreciated more and more. His name will be on the Hall of Fame list with other legends. Enjoy the time he has left at the club level and one day we will all understand his legacy.