Where in the World Is 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)

DaMarcus Beasley is the only American to ever appear in a Champions League semifinal. He’s scored more goals in the Champions League than any other two gringos put together. A versatile speedster, ‘Beas’ can play left midfield, left wing, or left back. He’s appeared in three World Cups and, at 28, is still in the prime of his career. And he still doesn’t have a contract for 2010-2011.

Ok, so there might be some caveats: Beasley, whose contract with Scotland’s Rangers expired at the end of the 09-10 season, has fought through a number of knee injuries and hasn’t started more than ten games since 2006-2007. Still, as talented and experienced as Beasley is, you’d think he would have found a taker by now. Last week, Ives Galarcep of Soccer by Ives reported that DaMarcus may be making unrealistic wage demands. With the European transfer window closing in fourteen days, Beasley may need to rethink his salary requirements, lest he find himself returning to MLS (though in FFG’s opinion, that wouldn’t necessarily be a poor choice for DaMarcus).

And if Beasley wants to hang onto his US National Team spot, he’ll need to see playing time throughout the season. Otherwise, younger midfielders Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, and Alejandro Bedoya might jump above Beasley in the pecking order.

Gringos, will Beasley find playing time in Europe this year, or is it time to return home?

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  1. Bradley's Receding Hairline says:

    I’d like to see Beasley return to MLS and make a full-time switch to left back. I think he’d automatically become one of the best fullbacks in MLS!

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