The landing spot for US national team stalwart DaMarcus Beasley has been up for debate since before the World Cup ended. After leaving Mexican club Puebla, his future could be in orange.
A report by The Washington Post’s Steven Goff Tuesday night linked the four-time World Cup veteran and free agent with a move to the Houston Dynamo.
Club officials declined to comment when reached by MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday.
Beasley has reportedly sought a move to MLS following the end of his contract in Mexico and his fourth World Cup run in Brazil. The winger-turned-left back has enjoyed a 10-year career abroad after starting in MLS as a Project-40 player with the Chicago Fire and he is one of a select few Americans with UEFA Champions League experience.
Acquiring Beasley would require some maneuvering from the Dynamo. The club’s salary situation has been well-chronicled as having minimal available space, meaning any move in the summer transfer window would need another move or two to offset its budget impact. That would likely come in the way of clearing space via trade and improving the club’s ability to move into a position to acquire Beasley.
If his landing spot does end up being Houston, the next question is: Where would he line up?
At left midfield, Houston have fellow World Cup veteran Brad Davis, who is on a blinding run of form; his streak of eight consecutive games with a goal or assist was snapped in Saturday's 2-2 tie against Toronto. Houston also has two-time All-Star Corey Ashe, part of the 2013 US Gold Cup squad that Beasley captained to the title at left back. The Washington Post also linked Ashe with a potential move away from the club to clear space.
Good morning. Hoping for more Beasley news today. Sounds like Dynamo looking to move Ashe. Another club may enter chase at last minute— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 23, 2014
Houston, winless in their last eight MLS matches (six losses), are currently five points out of playoff race with 19 points from 20 games and have a league-worst 40 goals allowed and -18 goal differential.