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DaMarcus Beasley retires from U.S. men's national team

U.S. men's national team defender DaMarcus Beasley announced his retirement from the national team in an Instagram post on Monday afternoon.
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U.S. men's national team defender DaMarcus Beasley announced his retirement from the national team in an Instagram post on Monday.

Beasley, 32, had 121 caps and is the only American male to play on four World Cup teams. He also represented the United States in World Cups at the U-17 and U-20 levels. 

Previously a midfielder, Beasley converted to defense during the 2014 World Cup cycle. He started all four U.S. World Cup matches in 2014 at fullback, helping the U.S. escape a difficult group draw and make the round of 16. 

Beasley has made 26 appearances for the U.S. in World Cup qualifying matches, scoring six goals. He captained the team for the first time in 2008, in a World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago. In 2011 he made appearances for the national team against Honduras, Ecuador and France.

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Beasley has played on the professional level in the United States, Netherlands, England, Scotland and Mexico, and he'll continue to play for the Houston Dynamo, with whom he signed following the World Cup as a designated player.

Beasley made his first appearance for the senior national team in January 2001 in a match against China, and he scored his first goal for the team a year later against South Korea. When he signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1999 at 16 years, 10 months old, he was at the time the youngest player to sign an MLS contract.

- Christopher Woody