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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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by FRANCO PANIZO

DaMarcus Beasley has been one of the most criticized players on the U.S. national team this year due to his lack of sharpness and sporadic minutes at the club level, but the Rangers midfielder took a positive step towards resurrecting a career that appeared to be in shambles.

Beasley followed up his midweek Champions League start with another in Rangers' league game against St Johnstone, and he did not take long to make his presence felt. It took less than 30 seconds for Beasley to dish out an assist, setting the tone for Rangers' 3-0 victory. Beasley, who had two shots on goal, also helped set up the final goal of the game with a right-footed pass that looked similar to his assist against Ghana in the 2006 World Cup.

Beasley's performance was just one of a handful of stellar outings this weekend. Jay DeMerit earned his first start for Watford since returning from an eye injury, and a trio of American goalkeepers managed favorable results against top competition.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:

England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Everton's 3-3 draw vs. Chelsea on Saturday.
  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench, played 24 minutes and received a yellow card in Hull City's 0-0 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 1-1 draw vs. Burnley on Saturday.
  • Eddie Johnson did not dress in Fulham's 1-1 draw vs. Burnley on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Spector dressed but did not play in West Ham's 1-0 loss vs. Birmingham on Saturday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Manchester United on Saturday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 1-0 win vs. Manchester United on Saturday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes, made seven saves and received a yellow card in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-0 win vs. Tottenham on Saturday.

COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford's 1-0 loss vs. Derby County on Saturday.
  • Frank Simek did not dress in Sheffield Wednesday's 3-0 loss vs. Leicester City on Saturday.

LEAGUE ONE

  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Millwall's 3-2 win vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.
  • Ian Joyce dressed but did not play in Southend United's 1-0 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United's 0-0 draw vs. Brentford on Saturday.
  • Jemal Johnson did not dress in Milton Keynes Dons' 2-1 win vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday.
  • Jon-Paul Pittman came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Carlisle United on Saturday. 

Scotland

  • Maurice Edu did not dress in Rangers' 3-0 win vs. St Johnstone on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started, played 73 minutes, assisted on a goal and helped set up another in Rangers' 3-0 win vs. St Johnstone on Saturday.

  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 3-2 win vs. Motherwell on Saturday. 

Italy

  • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 2-0 loss vs. Palermo on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

Germany

BUNDESLIGA

  • Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes, and scored a GOAL in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 5-3 win vs. Hannover 96 on Saturday.

  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 69 minutes in Hannover 96's 5-3 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
  • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 5-3 loss vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-0 win vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.

BUNDESLIGA 2

  • Kenny Cooper did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 1-0 win vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern's 3-0 win vs. TUS Koblenz on Friday.
  • Matt Taylor dressed but did not play in FSV Frankfurt's 0-0 draw vs. Ahlen on Saturday.
  • David Yeldell started, played 59 minutes and made four saves in TUS Koblenz's 3-0 loss vs. Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

France

  • Carlos Bocanegra did not dress in Stade Rennes' 2-1 win vs. AS Nancy Lorraine on Saturday.

Portugal

  • Freddy Adu and Belenenses play Vitoria de Guimaraes on Monday.
  • Kamani Hill and Vitoria de Guimaraes play Belenenses on Monday.  

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What do you think of these performances? Think Beasley is slowly playing himself back into the national team mix? Should he still leave Rangers in the transfer window? Happy to see DeMerit go the distance so quickly?

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Comments

  1. In the US, watching Scottish football on an Arabic broadcaster (complete with kooky soundtrack) through some Russian youtube hack . . . ain’t globalization a trip?

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  2. so basically you’re backing away entirely from your previous statement of “there’s no americans in europe cause they all suck” and changing it to “american has good goalies and a few solid players in europe. there’s also a new generation of players moving over there in a stage of their careers where it’s too early to assess so there’s a chance things are changing for the better.” thank you for reneging on your previous statement and are now stating the obvious in that america has a history of talented keepers and is now making progress in getting talented, younger players some exposure overseas. thank you

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  3. He was a starter for the villa’s reserves which I believe are in 1st place in the reserve leauge and he played well in the peace cup in pre-season in which they used pretty much their starters so that’s why I wanted to see him called up and yeah it bothers me when people say we should call up people like jemal johnson and pittman who play in a leauge that’s worse then mls and don’t even score consistently

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  4. ok let me say it in a better way so you can understand the only americans that are playing and playing good in europe are the goalies, and Clint Dempsey and Bradley and they all play against the top league teams, theres maybe a few players in mls that can play in europe but arent and there are some that i heard that are just starting there careers now that could be great players for the usa with good kills on the ball so we have to wait and see

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  5. David Yeldell was injured in the loss to Kaiserslautern. He was playing really poorly and was injured on a mistake that resulting in a goal.

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  6. agreed. Harry you do realize that beasley has had a relatively successful european career right? and me thinks euro scouts do in fact want americans on their team based on the fact that this article is called “americans abroad.” grammar and logic not your strong suits eh?

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  7. Franco said his play on the last goal was reminiscent to the Ghana assist, not the first goal. And it was. Franco didn’t even mention the PK. Dear God, learn to read.

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  8. League mo… f… Two, man. C’mon. That’s the fourth best league in a country. At this point we probably should be moving away from anyone that isn’t playing first division football…(Jay DeMerit an exception since he has Premiership experience).

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  9. Lorenzo, which league and/or clubs do you think would be a good fit for Beasley? I have no idea about any of the current speculation, but given Beasley’s WC experience it would be nice to see him transfer to a team where he gets the opportunity to play through the rust while staying motivated and challenged.

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  10. I just wanted to point out that this is one of the more incoherent and useless comments I’ve seen on this site. “you never see americans playin over seas”? Did you somehow miss… this entire post? I am stupider for having read this.

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  11. Beasley’s “hand” in a goal was a f’n handball (should have been called on beasley) which he was wacked down .5 second later and got a pk. It’s not like he beat the last defender and was taken down by the keeper. Dear god lets keep it in perspective.

    That assist today was NOT reminiscent of his assist in the Ghana game, are you kidding me?

    I hope for the best for Beasley, but for JC lets keep it objective. Right now the guy has not shown the form to crack our midfielder pool for 4 years.

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  12. fulham sign beasley are u joking do u know how soccer is play in europe pls ken thats why you never see americans playin over seas cuz you have players like adu and beasley and plenty of others that get hyped up little to much and euro scouts never want americans for there clubs and one game that they play doesn’t make them allstars, maybe if they play a game against a top ranked team in the league and i doubt that will ever happen they need americans that have real skill on the ball not jokes

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  13. what so he come back to mls with the same value that rangers brought him for, if he plays for the usa squad then its all a joke beasley

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  14. Good. It is better than Eddie Johnson who isn’t playing having more time on the weekends in London to upgrade his wardrobe to get ready for his free transfer.

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  15. not counting on beasley, but if he can get a transfer and shake the rust off, he’d be great to have at the world cup. His minutes are about showcasing him, but thats irrelevant for him, and us. Minutes are minutes and if he plays well, gets a transfer to a club where he can play week in and week out, he’s a big plus for the US. Would make putting clint up top a lot more palatable

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  16. Ives doesn’t follow League Two in England. Lichaj is doing great though. Villa seem really keen on him as one for the future. Its nice to see him get some first team action.

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  17. anyone have video of this infamous corner that beasley took, where he completely shanks it?

    edu was giving him hell a long with everyone else to beasley on twitter about it lol

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  18. Lots of good performances and especially happy to see DeMerit back. At this rate, he should be fully fit for South Africa.

    Hahnemann is the goalie in the BBC’s Garth Brook’s team of the week. Great to see him playing and doing well.

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  19. Great strike from Michael Bradley this weekend. I’m psyched to see he’s getting those free kick chances at BM. Thanks, Franco.

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