The Houston Dynamo is bringing back veteran defender DaMarcus Beasley for the 2019 season.
Beasley, 36, started 26 matches for the squad last year, providing vital emotional leadership on the team’s match to a 2018 U.S. Open Cup championship as well as scoring a goal and notching two assists. He was named Defender of the Year for 2018 as part of the Dynamo’s end-of-season awards, though he also filled in at midfield at points throughout the season.
In 2018, he became the longest-tenured left back in Dynamo history, marking his 100th league game for the club en route to his current tally of 112 appearances and 110 starts for Houston. His career started in MLS with his 1999 acquisition by the LA Galaxy, before moving to the Chicago Fire to actually start his MLS tenure in earnest in 2000. He made overseas stops at PSV, Manchester City, Rangers, and Hannover 96, before coming to Liga MX side Puebla in 2011 and then the Dynamo in 2014.
He is also one of the most-capped players in U.S. Men’s National Team history. He has been capped 126 times for the USMNT. His 126 caps are the seventh-most in U.S. Soccer history; and he ranks 10th in assists, with 13, and is tied for ninth all-time in goals scored with 17. He participated in four straight FIFA World Cups between 2002 and 2014, the most of any American player, with his bid to make a fifth dashed when the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Earlier this week, at his annual winter soccer camp in his native Fort Wayne, Ind., Beasley hinted in an interview with local station WANE that he’d return for the 2019 season.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that DaMarcus will be returning to the Houston Dynamo for the 2019 season,” said Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “He is a key leader in our team, and a true professional in every sense of the word. His winning mentality and quality as a player will be important for our group as we prepare for the 2019 season.”
“We are delighted to bring our remarkable captain back to lead the team into a very tough 2019 season,” said Dynamo Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera. “The Dynamo have to face a very challenging schedule and DaMarcus has been an outstanding pillar for our team, helping us create a mentality of competing to win at all times. His consistency over his career shows not only his talent, but also his professionalism and dedication.”
The re-signing of Beasley continues an active holiday season for the Dynamo; the team has added Argentine defensive midfielder Matias Vera, Slovenian international defender Aljaz Struna, and former NYCFC midfielder Tommy McNamara as part of a remaking of a squad that finished out of playoff position in 2018.