Introduced at a 6:00 p.m. news conference on the Heineken terrace at BBVA Compass Stadium, DaMarcus Beasley considered the most decorated player in U.S. soccer history was formally introduced as the newest member of the Houston Dynamo. Beasley was welcomed by a rousing ovation from a standing room only crowd of Forever Orange club members and the assembled media.
"Tonight, we are here tonight for a special moment in team history," announced Dynamo President and CEO Chris Canetti. "We've had many great players wear the iconic Dynamo orange over the years. The Dynamo have acquired one of the most decorated US national team players of all-time who will now don the Dynamo jersey."
Beasley returns to the MLS where he began is career as a member of the Chicago Fire. The 32 year old returns with one mission in mind; make the playoffs.
"I don’t know most of the guys on the team, but I know they’re all winners and they want to get to the playoffs. That’s what we’re going to push for,” he said. “I’m really excited to get started.”
The only American to play on four World Cup teams beginning with the 2002 U.S. quarterfinal squad, the left back brings a vast resume of success with him. With more appearances and goals scored then any U.S. player in the UEFA CHampions League, the veteran defender has 120 caps with national team and captained the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup team.
Head coach Dominic Kinnear was pleased to add a player of Beasley's caliber to the Dynamo.
"It's a good day for us," began Kinnear. "When you look at DaMarcus' past and he's got a lot of future left with his playing career, I think it's a wonderful signing by the club. I remember when he first broke into the league with Chicago he was a very exciting and dynamic player. I don't think he's ever lost that. His performances for the gold Cup and the World Cup speak for themselves. I feel very fortunate to have him here as a member of the Dynamo."
The 14 year veteran will participate in Friday's training session at BBVA Compass Stadium and is available for Saturday night's Dynamo Charities Cup game versus Aston Villa. He is expected to make his re-entry into MLS action next Sunday August 3, 2014 when Houston hosts DC United.