George Bernard Shaw once said “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”, and if any player lives up more to those words, it’s DaMarcus Beasley.
The American defender has been in the game for the good part of 20 years, making a name for himself at PSV in 2004 after five years of promise in MLS with the Chicago Fire, and after three years in the Netherlands and a season out on loan at Manchester City, Beasley’s talents took him to Rangers in the summer of 2007.
Signed for a reported fee of £700,000, Beasley became only the second American to play for the Glaswegian side after Claudio Reyna, and it didn’t take long for the left-back to make an impression at Rangers, scoring against FK Zeta in a Champions League qualifying match, and three weeks later the defender scored yet again for the club, this time against Kilmarnock in the league.
Beasley was also a major player in Rangers 3-0 win against Lyon later on in the European competition as the fullback assisted two of the goals and had a hand in a third as the American was unsurprisingly named man of the match, but it was to be the defender’s apex that season in Europe.
An injury against VfB Stuttgart ruled Beasley out for the remainder of the league season, however, the American international was able to return in time for the Scottish League Cup final, where former PSV man scored one and assisted another in a 3-2 win for the Gers.
Although Beasley picked up a Scottish Premiership winners’ medal the following season, it was apparent that the American’s mind wasn’t in the right place. Losing his starting position to Sasa Papac didn’t help matters either, and after another season of playing second fiddle to the Bosnian fullback, the left-back moved on from Glasgow in August 2010.
The Bundesliga was next up on Beasley’s European tout where the defender signed for Hannover 96, but it proved to be one of the biggest fails of the fullback’s career as the US international only made four appearances for the club and was sold just a year later.
The defender returned to the continent of his birth and then a further bit south to Mexico to join up with Pubela at age 29, and three years later after some relative success with the Liga MX side, Beasley returned to the US to play for the Houston Dynamo as a Designated Player.
This season will be his last in professional football, and although Rangers fans never got to see the best of Beasley for longer than three seasons, the American still holds a place in the hearts of supporters long after his departure.
Rangers fans, what is your favourite memory of Beasley? Let us know!
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