Beasley Signs With Houston Dynamo

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

DaMarcus Beasley

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM EDT

HOUSTON (21Alive) - Fort Wayne native DaMarcus Beasley has returned to Major League Soccer.

Beasley, 32, signed a deal with the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday. As a designated player, Beasley's salary will fall outside of Houston's MLS salary cap.

21Alive has learned it is a 3-year deal.

"I am excited and ready to start this new chapter in my career," Beasley said in a team statement. "The team and the fans, and I'm excited to get to know them. I feel fit and ready to go."

Beasley, a former South Side High School standout, comes off a summer where he played in his fourth World Cup--an American record. He has 120 caps for the U.S. men's national team dating back.

Beasley played three seasons with Puebla F.C. (Mexico) in Liga MX. Prior, he played for Hannover 96 (germany), Rangers (Scotland), Manchester City (England) and PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands).

He first played with the Chicago Fire, and was at one time the youngest player ever to sign an MLS contract (16 years old).

Beasley was signed with Houston's No. 1 spot in MLS Allocation Order, which determines the order in which teams can signs USMNT players or former MLS players who return from abroad. Houston won the No. 1 allocation in a trade with Toronto FC.

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