Former Manchester City and Rangers man DaMarcus Beasley could make shock US national team return

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The Houston Dynamo left-back has been named to Jurgen Klinsmann's preliminary 35-man Gold Cup roster after coming out of international retirement.

Houston Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley could be set to make shock return to the US national team after declaring himself available for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Beasley, 33, earned 121 caps and appeared at a US record four World Cups between 2001 and 2014 before announcing his international retirement in December.

However, the veteran left-back has since been in fine form in MLS and, after being approached by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to gauge his interest, has now been named in the team’s 35-man provisional squad for next month’s tournament.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated on his decision to return to the fold, Beasley said: “We spoke at length and I took my time to think about it, so I am available for the Gold Cup if he wants me to play.”

A winger during his club career in Europe, which saw him take in spells at PSV Eindhoven, Manchester City, Rangers and Hannover 96, respectively, Beasley would go on to reinvent himself as a full-back with the USA under Klinsmann and has since made a full-time switch to the position.

In addition, the former Chicago Fire star, who returned to MLS last summer to join Houston, captained the States to the 2013 Gold Cup title and could now have the chance to help his side make it back-to-back wins should he make the final 23-man roster.

The ex-Ibrox midfielder would have a tough time earning minutes over fellow left-back options Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza and Brek Shea but, with his experience and leadership, he could well prove a valuable member of the squad.

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