Four-time Gold Cup champ Beasley retires from U.S.
The USA's DaMarcus Beasley (pictured) announced his retirement from international football on December 15, 2014. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – United States defender DaMarcus Beasley announced Monday his retirement from international football after 14 years, 121 games and 17 goals.  He will continue to play with the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.

This past summer, Beasley became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014), starting all four games in Brazil.

The 32-year-old has won four CONCACAF Gold Cups (2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013).

Beasley first made a name for himself on the global stage by winning the Silver Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship as the tournament's second-best player.  In 2001, he played in every minute of the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Professionally, Beasley was the first American to score in the UEFA Champions League for two teams - Rangers and PSV Eindhoven - and holds the U.S. record with 22 appearances in the competition.

He’s won two Dutch league championships with PSV and two Scottish titles with Rangers, as well as a pair of U.S. Open Cup crowns with the Chicago Fire.