U.S. national team midfielder DaMarcus Beasley took the field for Scottish powerhouse Rangers today, almost six months after suffering a knee injury in Champions League play that required surgery. He played just 13 minutes, but the fact that he was able to play was a major step for the American winger.
Beasley was one of 33 players named to the U.S. national team player pool for upcoming friendlies against England, Spain and Argentina and while the inclusion seemed like wishful thinking last week, Beasley’s appearance for Rangers makes it clear that he is back and he could very well play a key role in World Cup qualifying this summer.
With Bobby Convey still dealing with injuries, Eddie Lewis fighting father time and Robbie Rogers still in the early stages of his career, Beasley’s value to the national team has actually grown in his absence. He is already one of the best players on the national team, but now he is arguably the toughest to replace.
What do you think of Beasley’s recovery and how important is Beasley to the U.S. team’s hopes for success this summer? Share your thoughts on the return of ‘Beez’ below.