Chicago Connection: U.S. Soccer, former Chicago Fire player DaMarcus Beasley

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil and several members of the nations represented have players with a Chicago connection. U.S. Soccer’s DaMarcus Beasley has played for the national team since 2001 and he was on the Chicago Fire from 2000-2004.

Age: 32

Height: 5’8

Weight: 145

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.

Current club team: Formerly with Puebla, current free agent (Mexico’s Liga MX, the top soccer league in Mexico)

National team appearances/goals: 116/17

National team uniform number: 11

Role in 2014 World Cup: Expected to start at left back (full-back) in all World Cup games. He formerly played on the wing in previous World Cups. Assuming he plays, he’ll be the first player in U.S. history to play at four World Cups.

Fun fact: Beasley is the only American-born player to make into the final four grouping of the Union of European Football Associations Champions League. The UEFA Champions League has the best teams in European soccer play each other to determine the top team in Europe.

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