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

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Posted: Dec 15, 2014 12:39 PM

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.

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)