Jul 22, 2014, 5:00 PM EST
Washington Post’s Steven Goff continues to beat the drum for the imminent return of DaMarcus Beasley to Major League Soccer, and now the reporter has more or less ruled out four clubs.
Meanwhile, Beasley spent the weekend attending an Indy Eleven game and celebrating “DaMarcus Beasley Day” in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., where he was honored for becoming the first American to appear in four World Cups.
Beasley, 32, was put up for sale by Puebla in May after a frustrating season that saw him and his teammates protest a lack of paychecks. He then showed up for Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT squad with a World Cup performance that was solid, perhaps adequate at worst.
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And after Tweeting on Monday that Beasley’s return to MLS was coming, Goff has eliminated four teams from the sweepstakes. One of those teams is his last stop in MLS, Chicago, where he left for PSV Eindhoven in 2004.
Awaiting official word on @DaMarcusBeasley‘s MLS destination. Barring late change, it won’t be CHI, RSL, DCU or Orlando.
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 22, 2014
Additional confirmation: DaMarcus Beasley in serious talks with MLS, deal may be imminent. No further details at this time
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 21, 2014
Beasley would almost certainly be a Designated Player — even at his age, he’s coming off a well-paying Mexican gig — but his destination is less concrete. Remember: just because a team has a player you like at his position doesn’t mean they don’t consider Beasley an upgrade.
The winger/back told the Fort Wayne News Sentinel that he would “literally play almost anywhere.”
That said, in addition to Goff’s four teams, feel relatively safe in casting aside the teams with three DPs already: Portland, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chivas USA.
Goff said Beasley might not be slated for allocation, but if he did things would likely be spicy in the trade market. With Toronto holding the No. 1 spot in allocation and three DPs, it would seem likely GM Tim Bezbatchenko would trade his priority slot.
Columbus sits second, but has promising Waylon Francis at left back and Michael Parkhurst next to him. If Beasley, as he’s quipped, is going to make it hard on Klinsmann to deny him an ‘improbable’ 2018 World Cup slot, then it would make sense for DB to play, well, LB.
Montreal could see Beasley move into the lineup ahead of Krzystztof Krol and San Jose might see him as an upgrade over fellow 32-year-old Jordan Stewart. Chicago could use him but the Fire seem to think he’s too pricey.
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