According to reports, DaMarcus Beasley, a member of four USMNT World Cup teams, and MLS are in discussions over a potential move back to the US.
The 32-year-old played a huge role in the States’ impressive run in Brazil. Naturally a winger, Jurgen Klinsmann used the veteran in the left-back position. He started every game the US played.
Beasley last played for Puebla in the Mexican League. He scored 10 goals in 59 appearances for the Mexican outfit in the last two seasons.
“I would literally play almost anywhere,” Beasley said. “I’m excited to get back on the field, excited for a new journey. Where that will be I don’t know yet.”
Toronto FC would get the first crack at Beasley because of the MLS allocation rules. If Ryan Nelsen and Toronto’s front office aren’t interested, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire would follow.
A move to Toronto might be impossible because the Reds already have three Designated Player’s ‒ Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Gilberto.
Columbus head coach Gregg Berhalter ruled out a move for Beasley. He said, “Obviously I have a lot of respect for DaMarcus as a player. He’s done a great job, especially representing the country in four World Cups. It’s something we’d look at, but I’m not sure how closely we’d look at it.”
Due to Carl Robinson’s faith in his young talents, Vancouver might pass on Beasley.
Because Beasley had a successful five-year stint with the Fire, rumors suggest that he might be going back to Chicago. However, Chicago Fire technical director Brian Bliss said that the club can’t afford the veteran winger.
“We’ve talked about it, but the numbers are probably a bit out of our range,” Bliss said. “We’d like to pursue it but I don’t think it makes sense for us.”
The issue with Beasley is that he’ll most likely be signed as a DP, and at the moment, the Fire doesn’t have the required budget to sign a DP.
However, a move to Chicago would benefit both parties. Beasley would get to go back to where he made his name and he’ll receive a hero’s welcome and the Fire will be acquiring the services of one of the most experienced soccer players in the business.
Beasley has played in several countries around the world. He left the Fire in 2004 to join PSV Eindhoven as Arjen Robben’s replacement. He became an immediate hit and went on to win two Eredivisie titles and a KNVB Cup.
His excellent form helped him earn a season-long loan move to Manchester City. Injury limited his minutes in England, but he managed to score three goals.
He joined Scottish team Rangers after his loan in England. Again, Beasley was plagued by injuries and he was never really a big part of the team.
In August 2010, he signed with German club Hannover 96. After an unsuccessful season in Germany he joined Puebla.
If Chicago manages to sign Beasley, the veteran won’t solve all of the Fire’s issues, but he’ll definitely make them a better team.
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