December 15, 2014 / 5:43 PM / 3 years ago

Four-time World Cup performer Beasley retires from U.S.

MIAMI (Reuters) - United States defender DaMarcus Beasley, capped 121 times and the only American to play in four World Cups, announced his retirement from the national team on Monday.

DaMarcus Beasley of the U.S. (L) fights for the ball with Germany's Mesut Ozil during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The 32-year-old, who played in Europe for PSV Eindhoven, Rangers and Manchester City, published a statement on his instagram social media account.

“Representing my country has been the greatest thing I’ve done in my career. Everytime I’ve pulled on our colors I tried to represent myself, my family and my country with the utmost respect,” said Beasley.

Beasley, who began his career as a midfielder but was converted into a full-back for the national team, currently plays for Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer.

Greg Garza, who plays for Tijuana in Mexico, has taken over the left-back slot for Juergen Klinsmann’s team following the World Cup in Brazil.

Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Justin Palmer

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