Chivas USA might soon have another decision to make on a U.S. national-teamer. Winger DaMarcus Beasley is negotiating with Major League Soccer, his agent told the league's website, and the Goats would have first dibs in his allocation should he sign.
Beasley, 28, who last August signed a two-year deal with Germany's Hannover 96 after stints in Holland, England and Scotland, is looking at clubs in Europe, Mexico and in MLS, Lyle Yorks said. Hannover, captained by U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, has given the American veteran permission to find a new home.
"Right now, we're talking with some clubs," Yorks told the website. "We're in discussions with MLS, and there's two interested clubs in Mexico. There's continuing interest [in the Netherlands], and we're also speaking with some other European clubs. "Hannover knows about all this."
Chivas remains atop MLS's allocation table after turning down an opportunity last month to acquire U.S. national team midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who ended up with New England. The club cited financial reasons for passing after Feilhaber signed with the league, and Beasley's salary likely would approach or surpass Feilhaber's, which is $300,000 in base salary and $346,000 in guaranteed compensation with a boost coming next year.
Beasley, who emerged with Landon Donovan as the rising U.S. stars during the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand, has made 93 appearances with the U.S. national team and played in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He was a dynamic winger, primarily on the left, nicknamed "Jitterbug" because of dizzying runs that caused havoc with opposing defenses.
Beasley signed with MLS in 1999 and was allocated to the Galaxy, for which he never played before a trade sent him to the Chicago Fire in 2000. He was an MLS Best XI selection in 2003, then left to play for Dutch giant PSV Eindhoven, followed by a loan stint with England's Manchester City FC and three seasons with Scottish powerhouse Rangers FC. Injuries have severely limited his playing time with Hannover.
He also hasn't been the same player since his time in Eindhoven, where he had to deal with some off-field issues. He played well in the Americans' run to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals but was poor in Germany in 2006 and was a surprise selection to last year's World Cup roster, seeing just 10 minutes of action, in the group-stage victory over Algeria.
If Beasley signs with MLS and Chivas declines his services, Philadelphia would have next call, followed by Houston, Toronto FC and Chicago.