DaMarcus Beasley‘ tweet last night had fans anticipating his next move. Well, he revealed his next move today on Twitter announcing he has signed a deal with MLS side Houston Dynamo.
Earlier in the day, Houston acquired the No. 1 overall allocation pick and allocation money from the Toronto FC in exchange for midfielder Warren Creavalle and the No. 14 allocation ranking. This moved allowed the Dynamo to acquire Beasley’s rights through the allocation process. They signed him to a designated player contract that will last 2.5 years. Per league rules, Beasley’s contract will count for $193,000 against the salary budget this season since he was signed as a DP in the middle of the season.Dynamo GM Chris Canetti spoke to MLSSoccer.com about how the move improves the Dynamo’s squad.
Canetti’s comments are spot on. Beasley brings leadership and experience no matter where he is on the field. He’s a versatile player that can play both in the midfield or defense on the left side. He was arguably the USMNT’s best and most consistent player during the 2014 World Cup. He can bring that same consistency and intensity to a Dynamo defense that desperately needs to turn it around. Signing Beasley immediately improves the squad and brings another USMNT star to MLS. In a World Cup season, this move allows shows the league’s improving quality and that the best players in the world don’t need to head to Europe to play to their full potential.
“The simplest and most basic thing is we think he makes our team better,” Canetti said. “We got a veteran of the World Cup and club soccer who has played with some of the most elite clubs in the world spending time with Manchester City, Rangers, Puebla and PSV Eindhoven. He brings a lot of quality play and veteran leadership and he is a name our fans can recognize and be happy to see joining the team.”