Henry Beasley Eager For World Cup, Son To Make History

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Henry Beasley and his wife Joetta will get a chance to see their son make U.S. soccer history in person on Monday, as the parents of Fort Wayne native DaMarcus Beasley are heading down to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup tomorrow.
DaMarcus Beasley is slated to start for the U.S. when they open Group G play Monday against Ghana. When Beasley hits the field he will become the first player in U.S. history to play in four World Cups. Midfielder Claudio Reyna and goalkeeper Kasey Keller made four U.S. World Cup rosters, but did not see action in all four Cups.
It will be another line on an already impressive resume for Beasley. Last May he became just the 13th U.S. player to earn 100 caps. He followed it up in July by captaining the U.S. team to a Gold Cup championship.
According to Henry, DaMarcus and his older brother Jamar – a professional indoor soccer player – started out playing basketball. In fact, the younger Beasley played varsity hoops at South Side as a sophomore. However, after his sophomore year at South DaMarcus headed south to Bradenton Academy in Florida. At the age of 16 years and 10 months Beasley would sign a professional contract, becoming the youngest player to sign with Major League Soccer at the time.

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