As expected the Houston Dynamo announced the signing of USMNT and World Cup veteran Damarcus Beasley just hours as after trading Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC in exchange for the top spot in the MLS allocation order. Toronto received Houston's 14th spot.
Earlier this summer, Beasley became the first American to play in four World Cups. Signed as a Designated Player, he becomes the next in a growing list of prominent players to receive that tag. Earlier this week, Sporting KC announced the signings of Graham Zusi and Matt Besler as designated players.
Beasley, most recently of Mexican League Puebla FC is one of the USA's most decorated players having won at nearly every stop in his career from the Bundesliga, to the Scottish Premier League to the Barclay's Premier League, the Dutch Eredivisie along his way to his second stint in the MLS (first with the Chicago Fire).
Head coach Dominic Kinnear is excited to add another veteran presence to a team fighting for its playoff lives. Mired in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, Beasley brings a wealth of experience on both the backline and the midfield. A skillful and quick left side player, the Fort Wayne native is expected to help shore up the Dynamo defense and lend a scoring touch to an offense beginning once again to find its way.
“DaMarcus has had a great career, as we saw at the World Cup,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear in an interview on the team's website. “To bring in a player of his quality is a big plus for the team.”
The veteran midfielder/defender will be introduced at a 6:00 p.m. news conference on Thursday at BBVA Compass Stadium.