HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on July 23, 2014
Back in MLS for his second stint, Beasley has slowly transitioned from winger to fullback, eventually earning a starting place there with the US national team and then the Dynamo. While his straight-line speed isn't what it used to be, his balance and agility are still elite, as is his brain. One of the smartest players on whichever field he happens to be standing upon, Beasley has a knack for finding the right spots in possession to help his team gets out of trouble, and is never out of place defensively.
- No end in sight for aging and ageless Beasley
- A legend, a prank, and a photo spread that will never die
PROFESSIONAL: In his first go-round in MLS he played 98 times for the Chicago Fire from 2000 through 2004, scoring 14 goals and 20 assists. He earned three All-Star appearances and an MLS Best XI nod.
INTERNATIONAL: Run-DMB burst onto the world soccer scene in 1999 when he won the Silver Ball at that year's U-17 World Cup, combining with Landon Donovan to form a dynamic attack. He went on to translate that talent to the full US national team, having racked up 123 caps as a winger and left back for the US from 2001 to 2015. He's the first American to play in four World Cups (2014, 2010, 2006 and 2002), appearing in 11 career matches at the tournament, tied for second-most in U.S. history. Appeared in at least one game for the US every year for 15 consecutive years (2001-15). His 123 caps are the fifth-most in USMNT history, and also has the 8th most assists (13), and is tied for the 9th most goals (17). Regionally, he won four CONCACAF Gold Cup titles: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013 and captained the United States at the 2013 Gold Cup
OUTSIDE MLS: Moved to Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven in 2004 and became an immediate contributor, helping lead the team to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League while earning a starting role at left wing. Beasley left PSV on a loan move to Manchester City where he appeared 22 times for the Citizens, scoring four goals on the year. The following season he made his way to Glasgow Rangers, but once again struggled with injuries robbing him of regular playing time. Beasley managed just 46 appearances across all competitions over three seasons, and never really earned a regular role. After that came a move to Hannover 96 in 2010-2011 where he struggled for consistent playing time.
With a change needed, Beasley crossed the Atlantic to earn his stripes in LigaMX. He found a warm welcome with Puebla, and spent three years there reviving his career. He suited up 99 times across all competitions, mostly at wingback in a 3-5-2 set-up, and scored 13 goals.