The Houston Dynamo’s trade to acquire the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order figured to mean the arrival of a U.S. Men’s National Team player, and it didn’t take long to find out that the player in question was none other than veteran DaMarcus Beasley.
The Dynamo announced the signing of Beasley on Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours after completing the deal that sent midfielder Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC in exchange for the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order, which gave Houston the opportunity to sign Beasley.
Beasley joins the Dynamo as a Designated Player, Houston’s third along with Oscar Boniek Garcia and Alex Lopez.
The first American to play in four World Cups, Beasley is coming off an outstanding performance at the 2014 World Cup, and gives the Dynamo another dangerous left-footed weapon to go with Brad Davis and Corey Ashe. Beasley’s arrival could free up Davis to play in a central midfield role, as well as spelling Ashe at left back as well.
The Dynamo are in dire need of help, sitting in ninth place in the MLS Eastern Conference. Houston is currently four points out of a playoff spot, and is winless in eight straight matches (posting an 0-6-2 record during that stretch).
Beasley returns to MLS after a career that has seen him play in the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Germany and most recently Mexico. A standout with the Chicago Fire during his first stint in MLS, Beasley moved to Dutch power PSV Eindhoven, where he enjoyed some of his most success on the club level. He would spend the next decade overseas before most recently deciding to return to the league where his career began.
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