After spending the majority of his successful career since leaving the Chicago Fire a decade ago, United States Men’s National Team legend DaMarcus Beasley will be returning back to the league that gave him his start as he will come back to Major League Soccer as a member of the Houston Dynamo.
Houston traded with Toronto FC to get the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order as per league rules surrounding USMNT players before using the top allocation spot to bring in Beasley who will head to Houston after finishing a stint with Puebla after his European career came to an end with the Bundesliga club Hannover 96 a few seasons ago.
The Dynamo traded Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC for allocation money and the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order, which it used to select Beasley, the four-time World Cup veteran and left back/left winger, and sign him as a Designated Player on Wednesday. Beasley, as a U.S. national team player, had to be distributed through the allocation order per league policy.
Unlike Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, the 32-year-old Beasley’s undisclosed price tag did not cross the unspecified, league-stipulated threshold that would have made him exempt from the allocation order. Houston, which was 14th in the order prior to the trade, goes to the end of the line after the deal, while Toronto now sits at 13th after the trade and Houston using its place in the order. The Columbus Crew now maintain the first position.
Beasley should provide veteran leadership and experience to a Dynamo club that is currently struggling in the Eastern Conference as the 32 year old who has the ability to both play winger and fullback will be able to provide depth along the left wing in both defense and attack. Houston currently have 5-11-4 record and just 19 points as the Dynamo sit in ninth place in the ten club Eastern Conference, meaning that is was time for a big transfer to shake things up. Beasley definitely qualifies as a shakeup, but at 32 the jury is out on how much of an impact he will truly make in Houston despite having a quality World Cup.
With Cory Ashe and Brad Davis both playing well at left fullback and left midfielder respectively, Beasley won’t need to be an every match talent which should help, but with time running out to get back in the MLS Playoffs picture Houston are banking on Beasley making a superstar impact to save their season. That might be asking too much of Beasley, who despite his accolades is not the type of Designated Player who is going to control a match which means that the Dynamo will need to improve as a squad even with the addition of Beasley if their 2014 season is going to turn around.