U.S. Men's National Team

Beasley on the comeback trail, eyeing late-April return


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U.S. national team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley is on the comeback trail and is ahead of schedule in his recovery from torn knee ligaments suffered last November. He has already begun running and is hoping to be back in time to see action for Scottish power Rangers by late April or early May.

"It’s only been three and a half months and the injury’s supposed to be six months, so I am definitely ahead of schedule," Beasley told The Herald of Scotland. "I’m not going to rush anything, I’m going to take it day by day."

Beasley quick recovery could help him be back in time for the U.S. national team’s busy summer schedule of games, which includes friendlies against England and Spain, as well as World Cup qualifying matches. He must also be considered a candidate to be chosen as one of the  three over-age players for the U.S. Olympic team.

Beasley suffered torn knee ligaments during Rangers’ Champions League match vs. Stuttgart on Nov. 27.

  • Rob C

    The Mexico game showed how valuable this player truly is. I love DaMarcus Beasley…speedy recovery!


  • Seth

    funny, I’d never heard them called the “power rangers” before.

    Great news on Beasley, hope to see him back at full speed soon


  • jcmckenney

    fantastic news. as ives recent away goals data indicated, Beasley is such a valuable contributor to the national team.


  • YankatOxford

    Rangers actually are in contention to win a quadruple this season (although the UEFA Cup is a long shot), and DaMarcus played a huge role in their early season success. The best news is probably for the national team, who may indeed have his services over the summer.


  • Ryan

    great to see DaMarcus back. I just hope he doesn’t try to make it back to soon and get hurt again. One thing I always worry about when players are ahead of schedule is that they may not be fully recovered. Hopefully he can get back to the form he was at before his injury which I think was the best of his career.


  • Spencer

    I don’t think he should play in all the games against England, Spain and Argentina. He can do first and last or the middle. But he shouldn’t do all.


  • seven

    Not unusual at this stage for athletes to think they are ahead of schedule only to suffer setbacks in the recovery process. Even if the actual injury has healed it could be a long time before he is 100%.


  • Eric

    This is hopeful news, for sure! Would’ve loved to have seen him tear up the SPL this season.

    I still think it’s Man City’s loss that they didn’t lock him up long-term. He was one of their best players towards the end of last year.


  • Jamie Z.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I always preferred the Scottish Power Rangers to the American version. Although I was always a bit confused by the fact that there were five Plaid Rangers.


  • Justice

    This is great news. We desperately need Da Beas tearing up and down the left flank. Not to mention the fact that he provides great dfensive cover as well. I’m really excited. Here’s a question, Ives (or anyone who knows for that matter)- what’s the word on Johann Smith. I was gutted for that kid missing the U20 WC. He’s got bags of speed and knows hot to put the ball in the back of the net. I think he, Jozy, Freddy, and Mike Bradley would have stolen the show in Canada…


  • A.S.

    Did we ever find out exactly what the injury was? A torn ACL? That seems unlikely if he’s back in action after just 4 months. Or was it a torn MCL?

    It’s frustrating that in soccer you generally don’t get as clear a picture of exactly what the injury is as you get in most other sports.


  • dano

    A.S. I don’t think any major news outlets reported it, but from watching the injury and the projected 6 month recovery time, I think he had the unholy triad (ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus). Do I know? No, but that’s what I’d guess.

    While I’d love to see him back for qualifying, I’d also rather he didn’t rush it for those friendlies. They’re good opponents, but his long term fitness is more important. Just look at Bobby Convey. He’s never had enough time to let stuff heal, and just hasn’t been the same.


  • beasly fan

    good to hear. beasley is one of national team fans’ favorite players.

    cant wait to hear the scottish announcers say ‘beasleh’ again when he gets the ball.


  • A.S.

    Dano – I agree completely, especially if it was all three injuries. You hardly ever hear of someone coming back from an ACL tear in 4 or 5 months in other sports, so I’m not sure why people think it is a good idea for soccer players. For example, AJ Price of UConn tore his ACL in the NCAA’s last week, and they are talking at least 6 months.

    And, yes, Bobby Convey is the appropriate comparison.


  • andy b.

    I agree with everybody who’s urging him not to rush it. Beas has shown in the past, after having pulled himself out of that lousy slump in form, that he’s not the sort of player who is in danger of losing his touch/skill for good if he’s in too long of a layoff. I think some guys are like that– too long a layoff and they just never recover– but I don’t think Beas is one of them, so he should just take it EASY. To say the US really, really needs him on the wing is an understatement.


  • kswiss

    Haha, “Power Rangers”. That’s great. Unintentional, and not in context, but still great.

    Get well soon, Beas. We definitely miss you out there.


  • aristotle

    I hope he can enjoy an extended run without injury. It seems players like Beasley are at an unfair disadvantage when it comes to getting hurt. Every time he gets to the point where he is back in form and regains the courage to make those fantastic dribbling runs we all love, someone just ruthlessly hacks him down and he’s out with another long term injury.

    I wish soccer would do more to stop untalented players hurting talented players. It’s just too easy to stop guys who run and dribble frequently with a brutal or careless tackle, and then there are no consequences at all except for the player who was tackled. No wonder this exciting skill is disappearing from the game.


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