Beasley retiring from international soccer

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the last for a native of the Summit City. DeMarcus Beasley announced Monday he has retired from international play.

Beasley made the announcement via his Instragram account. “Where do I start? Honestly I never thought this day would come, representing my country has been the greatest thing I’ve done in my career,” Beasley posted. “Everytime I’ve pulled on OUR colors I tried to represent myself, my family and my country with the utmost respect.(and obviously tried to win) With that being said, I have officially retired from the U.S. Nat’l team.”

Beasley continued by saying, “I’ve been blessed to be apart of the ussf family for 17yrs. I have so many memories from when I started with the U-15 nat’l team all the way to the men’s team. I’ve met so many great ppl along the way I wouldn’t know where to start. To all my coaches and teammates, I just want to say thank you, thank you for making me the player I am and the man I will be in the future. I will never forget all the games, friendships, memories we all shared. One thing I hope you all will say about me is that I was a good teammate and ALWAYS left everything on the field when I played. And lastly I want to thank ALL the fans that have supported me and the U.S. Team, without you guys we wouldn’t be where we are today! Thank you all!!!”

The former South Side soccer phenom ends his international career ranked fifth in caps, with 121 games played for USA and is tied for ninth all-time in goals with 17.

Beasley, 32, did not say he retired from the game completely. He is signed to play with the Houston Dynamo of the MLS next season.

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