LOS ANGELES (AFP) – DaMarcus Beasley, who represented the United States at four World Cups, announced his retirement from international football on his Instagram account on Monday.
The 32-year-old called time on one of the longest and most prolific careers of any US player.
He is the only American to play at four World Cups and his 121 caps are the fifth most of any USA player.
His 17 international goals put him ninth on America’s scoring list.
Beasley made his international debut in 2001, spending most of his international career as a winger before converting to left back ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
He started all four of the United States games in Brazil, playing every minute of the side’s run to the round of 16.
He made his World Cup debut in 2002, and also played in the 2006 and 2010 editions.
“Where do I start? Honestly I never thought this day would come, representing my country has been the greatest thing I’ve done in my career,” Beasley wrote on Monday.
“Every time I’ve pulled on our colours I tried to represent myself, my family and my country with the utmost respect.(and obviously tried to win) With that being said, I have officially retired from the US national team,” Beasley said. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of the United States Soccer Federation family for 17 years.”
The move was something of a surprise. In July he told reporters he wasn’t planning on retiring “anytime soon.”
In November he played in the United States 2-1 friendly loss to Colombia at Craven Cottage in London.
Beasley gave no indication he planned to retire from club football, and is expected to suit up for Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo again next season.