DaMarcus Beasley

CHICAGO - JUNE 24:  DaMarcus Beasley #7 of the USA looks on against Mexico during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final match at Soldier Field on June 24, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. USA won 2-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Position: Left Midfield/Left Wing

Club: Rangers FC (Scotland)

Club History

A number of injuries have curtailed DaMarcus Beasley’s career, but the left footed midfielder/winger is still one of the most accomplished Americans playing abroad.  Beasley has tallied more goals in the Champions League than any other American international, and he’s also the only American to ever appear in a Champions League semifinal.

His career started with Chicago Fire of MLS, and after three All-Star appearances, Dutch legends PSV Eindhoven signed the youngster in 2004.  Beasley had an excellent first year for his new club (including the aforementioned Champions League accomplishments), but his second saw the first occurrence of what quickly became a recurring theme – injury.  Demarcus was loaned to Premier League team Manchester City for 06-07, and while he scored a number of goalsfor the English club after coming back from injury, they elected not to continue the loan.  PSV promptly sold Beasley to Rangers FC of Scotland’s 1st division, making 3 clubs in 3 years for the then 24-year-old.  He made promising appearances over the next two years but was surely disappointed in having to spend large swaths of 07-08 and 08-09 on the trainer’s table.  That theme continued at the beginning of the present season, but Beasley has put his recent injury woes behind him – he’s appeared in 12 of Ranger’s last 16 games (as of April 4, 2010).

National Team History

Beasley, though only 27, has been a key member of US squads for more than a decade.  He (along with current US internationals Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu) was part of a U-17 US team that made the U-17 World Cup finals, provided a spark in the US’ run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, supplied the assist on the USMNT’s only goal of the 2006 World Cup, and was named to the 2007 Gold Cup Team of the Tournament.

Regrettably, DeMarcus’ recent national team form has not been up to the high standard set early in his international career (It should be noted that the injuries suffered during his club career have certainly had a negative impact on his ability to perform for the USMNT).  A series of poor performances came to a head in the 2009 Confederations Cup, when his amateur gaffe (letting the ball roll underneath his foot) led to a goal for Brazil.  Bob Bradley substituted the midfielder at halftime, and DeMarcus did not see any more playing time for the US in 2009.

That blunder appeared to sound the end of Beasley’s chances to make the roster for South Africa 2010, but injuries to key members of the USMNT in early 2010, and Beasley’s sterling form for Rangers over the winter, led to a substitute appearance against Holland on March 3rd.  And the Beasley of old showed up, inspiring the US attack and assisting on the US’ goal.  A World Cup appearance is not out of the question if DeMarcus stays healthy and continues to impress over the last few months of the 2010 season.

World Cup 2010

Along with the aforementioned performance against the Dutch, a few decent showings in pre-World Cup friendlies cemented DaMarcus’ place in South Africa. Once the gringos touched down on African soil though, Beasley all but disappeared. He was on the pitch for just ten minutes, lining up at left back against Algeria as the Americans desperately sought the goal that would send them to the knockout round.

Official US Soccer Bio

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