An era of U.S. Soccer is coming to an end, as DaMarcus Beasley announced his retirement from the international stage on his Instagram page today.
A member of the inaugural U.S. Soccer residency program in 1999 along with the likes of Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and Kyle Beckerman, Beasley made his senior team debut on January 27, 2001 in a friendly against China.
A year later in 2002, he appeared in his first FIFA World Cup, appearing in all three of the United States’ group matches. He then made appearances in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament, becoming the first American to appear in four different World Cups.
Beasley, 32, finishes his USMNT career with 121 caps (5th all time), 17 goals (T-9th all time), 13 assists (8th all time) and was part of four CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning teams while making an appearance in 14 consecutive years.
Where do I start? Honestly I never thought this day would come, representing my country has been the greatest thing I've done in my career. Everytime I've pulled on OUR colors I tried to represent myself, my family and my country with the utmost respect.(and obviously tried to win) With that being said, I have officially retired from the U.S. Nat'l team. I've been blessed to be apart of the ussf family for 17yrs. I have so many memories from when I started with the U-15 nat'l team all the way to the men's team. I've met so many great ppl along the way I wouldn't know where to start. To all my coaches and teammates, I just want to say thank you, thank you for making me the player I am and the man I will be in the future. I will never forget all the games, friendships, memories we all shared. One thing I hope you all will say about me is that I was a good teammate and ALWAYS left everything on the field when I played. And lastly I want to thank ALL the fans that have supported me and the U.S. Team, without you guys we wouldn't be where we are today! Thank you all!!!