FORT WAYNE—He’s been renowned around the world for his winning ways on and off the soccer field, but last week, DaMarcus Beasley came home to accolades from his own.
Just weeks ago, Beasley captained soccer’s U.S. National Team that surprised critics who said they were a young team that had no chance of advancement in the competition. The team defied skeptics by making to the World Cup “knockout stage” in two consecutive Cups. Along the way, Beasley not only turned in stellar performances during the U.S.’s 2-1 win over Ghana, 2-2 draw with Portugal and valiant 0-1 loss to Germany (who went on to embarrass the highly regarded host Brazilian team 7-1 in the finals) and 1-2 loss to the powerful Belgian team, but made history. With his participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Beasley became the only player to participate in four World Cups for the U.S. and only one of 29 players in the world to participate in four World Cup competitions.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry declared July 18, DaMarcus Beasley day and presented the hometown hero with a proclamation, stating such.
On July 20, Beasley was recognized by members of his home church, Turner Chapel AME Church, who prayed for him and his family throughout his World Cup journey to Brazil. Beasley was accompanied to service by his parents, Joetta and Henry Beasley, who regularly attend service there.