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DaMarcus Beasley joins Houston

DaMarcus Beasley in action against Belgium at the 2014 World Cup
DaMarcus Beasley in action against Belgium at the 2014 World Cup
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Houston Dynamo have pulled off a coup as they managed to acquire DaMarcus Beasley as a designated player, the club announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The move came due to Houston acquiring the number one position in the allocation order from Toronto FC just moments before announcing the Beasley signing.

Dynamo acquired that position in the allocation order after trading with Toronto their number 14 position and Warren Creavalle, for which they received the number one position and allocation money.

The signing marks Beasley's return to MLS, after joining Dutch side, PSV, from Chicago Fire in 2004, prompting many fans to suspect Beasley's return would be to Chicago.

After PSV, Beasley ended up at Scottish giants, Rangers, managing to score a goal in the 2007 Scottish Cup final in the highlight of his career before he moved away citing a need for game-time to make the 2010 World Cup squad, which he did, his third squad.

In 2010 Beasley joined Germany's Hannover but had a poor run and left for Mexico, where he was part of the big American presence in Liga MX of recent years as he joined Puebla.

Beasley has been at Puebla since 2011 and has proved to have a successful stint at the club despite the immense turnover in the management at the club.

But with Puebla in financial trouble Beasley needed to get out and find a way to play for a more stable club, financially speaking.

With that in mind Beasley signed a contract with MLS this week and thus began the allocation process as the clubs clamored to sign the US legend.

Toronto FC were holding the number one position, but had no desire to sign Beasley, and so the teams had to court the Canadian club to get the veteran, which Houston won.

Beasley, despite his age, is a much needed pick-up for Houston Dynamo, who have shipped 40 goals this season, much more than any other side, and in Beasley have a significant boost to their defense.