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Beasley retires from US National Team

DaMarcus Beasley was not the face of American soccer that Landon Donovan was but he was just as important in the building of soccer to what it is in America today.

DaMarcus Beasley was not the face of American soccer that Landon Donovan was but he was just as important in the building of soccer to what it is in America today.

He never had the same amount of fanfare or name recognition as a guy like Landon Donovan, or other United State Men’s National Soccer team greats like Claudio Reyna or Clint Dempsey or Kasey Keller or Tim Howard, but DaMarcus Beasley has done something that no other American has ever done, remain a staple on the team for over a decade and appeared in four different World Cups. And on Monday, the 32-year-old who started out as a winger and gradually used his experience and veteran know-how to excel at left back, announced his retirement from the National team.

There won’t be a final celebratory match like Donovan just had, or any swan song, or great standing ovation for the final time he walks off the pitch in a game, he’s just moving on.

But everybody who knows or has followed American soccer over the past 10-plus years, knows that Beasley has been just as important, maybe in some ways even more important to the growth of soccer.

Soccer is growing in popularity at a rapid rate and the reason is because for young people, 30-year-olds and younger, soccer is a part of their regular lives. It’s on TV more, the US national team is a source of American pride, something that energizes even casual soccer fans and makes them die-hard supporters. During this crucial period, Beasley has been there every step of the way.

It’s been 13 years that Beasley has been one of the faces of American soccer, somebody who has helped bring great interest to the sport, especially in the African American community, giving casual fans an incredible talented player to watch and follow and not just for few weeks, for over a decade, through four World Cups.

He was there when USA made its incredible and highly unlikely run to the quarterfinals in 2002. He was there when the USA tied Italy the year they claimed the championship. He was there when the USA tied England and made a miraculous comeback against Slovenia. He was there this summer when America beat Ghana and advanced out of the Group of Death.

But now, he’s stepping aside, allowing the new generation of soccer players to take over for the generation that he and Donovan led, players like Julian Green and DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson — the future.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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