DaMarcus Beasley on Monday announced his retirement from the U.S. national team after a 14-year career.
The 32-year-old made his national team debut in 2001 at age 18 and earned 121 caps, scoring 17 goals. He is the only U.S. player to participate in four World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014), and he started all four matches at left back this summer in Brazil.
Beasley posted the news on his Instagram account with this message:
"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!!!"
Beasley said he will continue to play at club level with the Houston Dynamo. He earned two Dutch league titles with PSV and two Scottish titles with Rangers. He holds the mark for most Champions League goals by an American. He also played for Manchester City and Hannover.