Houston Dynamo fullback DaMarcus Beasley has announced he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2019 Major League Soccer season.
Beasley, who owns 126 caps for the United States national team, decided his upcoming 37th birthday on May 24 made it a good time to call time on his long career, which has run 20 seasons.
“Before my 37th birthday, I’d just like to say that this year will be my last,” Beasley posted to social media. “I appreciate all the love, cheers and jeers throughout the past 20 years.
“Being on the pitch has fulfilled every dream I could have ever imagined. Thank you and more words another day!”
Beasley will leave the field as one of the greatest American players of the modern era, enjoying plenty of success for both club and country.
Breaking in as a winger, Beasley first enjoyed success as youth international, securing the Silver Ball at the 1999 U-17 World Cup as the tournament’s second most outstanding player, behind team-mate Landon Donovan.
Moving onto the professional ranks, Beasley played five seasons with the Chicago Fire, earning MLS All-Star selections in three campaigns and an MLS Best XI in 2003. He helped the Fire to a pair of U.S. Open Cup triumphs as well as the 2003 Supporters’ Shield for the team with most points in MLS.
He spent two seasons at PSV Eindhoven, winning the Eredivisie crown in both years, and was part of a squad that made the Champions League semifinals in 2004-05, and started the first leg of the tie against Milan.
Following his adventures abroad, Beasley returned to MLS with the Dynamo in 2014, and helped them to the playoffs in 2018.
Beasley has been a key member of the USMNT for much of his career, impressing during the team’s run to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals.
He also represented the United States at four World Cups, and became the first USMNT player feature in all four he was on a roster for when he featured in 2014 in Brazil.
The veteran went on to play for the nation in five World Cup cycles, another first for the USMNT, though the disappointing failure to qualify for the 2018 tournament denied him the chance at a fifth World Cup.
Beasley was part four Gold Cup winning squads, and won the Golden Boot in the tournament in 2005.