By, Kyle Gibson
The story I was tracking earlier came to a swift resolution today as the Houston Dynamo signed DaMarcus Beasley as its 3rd current Designated Player.
Beasley, 32, signed after an unimpressive season with his Mexican Club, Puebla and gained renewed attention from MLS clubs after a solid World Cup performance in Brazil. At Brazil, Beasley became the first US player to play in 4 World Cup Finals.
Rumors, especially from Steven Goff at the Washington Post, surfaced and gained steam yesterday that Houston would be very interested in moving up the allocation board to take Beasley. With Columbus, in 2nd slot, not ruling out a Beasley deal, Houston traded D/M Warren Creavalle to Toronto to move to the number one slot.
Beasley is the 3rd active Designated Player for the Dynamo and the 4th in club history. The club has not had a lot of success with its previous and current designated players. Luis Angel Landin of Mexico, Bokiek Garcia of Honduras and Alexander Lopez of Honduras, all attacking players, have combined for only 73 club appearances and 11 goals.
This could be a great move for Houston, a club that currently sits in next to last place in the Eastern Conference. At the least, it adds plenty of interest and gets fans in the team’s beautiful stadium.
Surprisingly, one of the clubs ruled out early was the Chicago Fire, the club Beasley made 98 appearances with from 2000-04. Beasley is arguably the best player in Fire history. After Chicago, Beasley took a grand trip around Europe, including successful stops with PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Manchester City on loan and Rangers, formerly one of the two best clubs in Scotland before bankruptcy.
Beasley has 120 caps with the US national team and played in his 4th World Cup at Brazil.
Beasley is the 11th American player that has been signed as an MLS Designated Player and the 6th to sign from a foreign club, including Claudio Reyna, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu and Freddy Adu.
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