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Whether it was injuries, being out of form or something else, DaMarcus Beasley had a hard time getting minutes at the club level in recent years.

Those days are long gone, with Beasley's latest performance serving as the latest piece of evidence that Beasley is back.

Beasley continued his renaissance by enjoying a strong outing in Puebla's 4-1 win over Chivas de Guadalajara in which he drew two red cards and a penalty kick. Beasley drew the first red and PK when he was fouled from behind by Jonny Magallon just as he was about to score in front of an empty net following a fine dribbling run from midfield.

Beasley then drew another red card late in the match on defender Kristian Alvarez. Beasley, who has started in each of Puebla's nine games this season, has now more than doubled his appearance total from last season, when he played just four games for Hannover 96.

There was more good news this weekend, as Michael Bradley made his Chievo Verona debut. Bradley came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Chievo's 2-1 loss to Parma, making him the first American to play in Serie A in years.

Two Americans found the back of the net this weekend, with Edson Buddle scoring a brace in FC Ingolstadt's 4-2 win against Dynamo Dresden and Herculez Gomez hitting the insurance goal in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-0 triumph over Club Tijuana.

Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:



  • Tim Howard started and played 90 minutes in Everton's 3-1 win vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
  • Clint Dempsey started, played 90 minutes and got an ASSIST in Fulham's 2-2 draw vs. Manchester City on Sunday.
  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made 1 save in Tottenham Hotspur's 4-0 win vs. Liverpool on Sunday.
  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.
  • Eric Lichaj did not dress for Aston Villa. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. Norwich City on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-1 win vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.


  • Jonathan Spector started, played 74 minutes and received a yellow card in Birmingham City's 4-1 loss vs. Southampton on Sunday.
  • Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's 2-1 win vs. Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
  • Robbie Findley came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 2-1 loss vs. Derby County on Saturday.

League One

  • Frank Simek did not dress in Carlisle United's 4-1 loss vs. Chesterfield on Saturday. He is recovering from a hip injury.
  • Anton Peterlin started and played 64 minutes in Walsall's 2-2 draw vs. Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella came off the bench and played 31 minutes in Brentford's 3-1 loss vs. Preston North End on Saturday.


  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 4-2 win vs. Celtic on Sunday.
  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress for Rangers. He is recovering from a calf injury.
  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes for Rangers.

  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 4-2 loss vs. Rangers on Sunday.


  • Michael Bradley came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Chievo Verona's 2-1 loss vs. Parma on Sunday.



  • Jermaine Jones did not dress Schalke 04's 2-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Sunday.
  • Steve Cherundolo dressed but did not play in Hannover 96's 2-1 win vs. Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.
  • Timmy Chandler started and played 90 minutes in FC Nurnberg's 1-1 draw vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.
  • David Yelldell dressed but did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 4-1 loss vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.
  • Alfredo Morales did not dress in Hertha Berlin's 2-2 draw vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.
  • Fabian Johnson did not dress in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 3-1 win vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. He is recovering from a neck injury.
  • Daniel Williams came off the bench and played 4 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Bundesliga 2 

  • Ricardo Clark did not dress in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-1 win vs. Hansa Rostock on Friday.
  • Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC play St Pauli on Monday.
  • Edson Buddle started, played 89 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in FC Ingolstadt 04's 4-2 win vs. Dynamo Dresden on Friday.


  • Bobby Wood did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 4-0 win vs. FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
  • Matt Taylor dressed but did not play in SC Paderborn 07's 4-0 win vs. VfL Bochum on Sunday.


  • Quentin Westberg did not dress in Evian Thonon Gaillard's 2-2 draw vs. Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.


  • Jozy Altidore started and played 58 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 win vs. RKC Waalwijk on Sunday.


  • Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Rio Ave on Monday.


  • Eugene Starikov came off the bench and played 45 minutes in FC Tom Tomsk's 4-0 loss vs. Krasnodar on Saturday.


  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 1-0 win vs. KAA Gent on Sunday.


  • Michael Parkhurst started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 win vs. Brondby IF on Sunday.
  • Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 2-0 loss vs. FC Copenhagen on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
  • Chris Rolfe started and played 64 minutes for Aalborg BK.
  • Clarence Goodson started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Brondby IF's 2-0 loss vs. FC Nordsjaelland on Sunday.
  • Brad Rusin did not dress in HB Koge's 2-0 loss vs. AGF Aarhus on Saturday.
  • Conor O'Brien started and played 75 minutes in SonderjyskE's 2-0 loss vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.


  • Ryan Miller started and played 90 minutes in Halmstads BK's 1-0 loss vs. Kalmar FF on Saturday.
  • Samuel Petrone did not dress in Mjallby AIF's 3-0 loss vs. Helsingborg on Sunday.


  • Mix Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek IF's 3-1 loss vs. Odd Grenland on Sunday.

  • Josh Gatt started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Molde FK's 1-0 win vs. Fredrikstad on Saturday.
  • Sean Cunningham did not dress for Molde FK.


  • Jose Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 4-2 win vs. Atlas on Saturday.
  • Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 21 minutes and scored a GOAL in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-0 win vs. Club Tijuana on Sunday.


  • Edgar Castillo did not dress in Club America's 5-3 loss vs. Jaguares de Chiapas on Saturday.
  • Sonny Guadarrama dressed but did not play in Atlante's 1-0 win vs. Tigres UANL on Saturday.
  • Jonathan Bornstein did not dress in Tigres UANL's 1-0 loss vs. Atlante on Saturday.
  • DaMarcus Beasley started, played 90 minutes, drew two red cards and a penalty kick in Puebla's 4-1 win vs. Chivas de Guadalajara on Saturday.


  • Adrian Ruelas did not dress in Jaguares de Chiapas' 5-3 win vs. Club America on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in San Luis' 1-0 loss vs. Santos Laguna on Saturday.


What do you think of these performances? Think Beasley will get called in again by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann? How do you see Bradley doing this season? Does Gomez deserve a call-up to the U.S. team?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Kev, Bedoya and DMB play different positions but I do understand your point…I agree with healthy competition at all positions on the field. With that said, I don’t think Brek or any other player will out-work or out-perform DMB. In addition, Beasley has not lost a step as of yet and he is only 29. Instead of letting the younger guys stake their claim, I would rather them pay their dues and learn from the best at that position through at least 1 cycle.

  2. I don’t see what’s wrong with looking at his potential. He is definitely good enough to be a terror in qualifying next year, so I don’t understand why looking at the potential of players for international tournaments is foolish. I can definitely tell you he has much more potential for the qualification tournament next year than Gyau.

  3. thought the same on Beasley getting run at LB, considering our left back pool. Hope he keeps this up and earns the shot. If he’s playing well, use him!

  4. I think he was more trying to say that he doesn’t feel Torres has been effective, and if Klinsmann wanted to bring in a latin influence, that a better player to do that with would have been Gomez. I believe Torres has been one of the better players on the field, but we need to take a look at other strikers, because 1 goal in 3 games isn’t getting it done.

    Pretty passing and quick ball movement can only get you so far, still have to put it in the net. Just ask Arsenal.

  5. I’m a new soccer fan (still learning) so I’ll try not to make any bold claims. However, isn’t Demarcus Beasley like a poor man’s Shaun Wright-Phillips?

  6. I feel really on the outside saying this, but I would like to see Beasley given another shot at left back. It’s okay to laugh, I swear. The only reason I say that is because when we tried him there, it was when he was in probably the worst form of his career. Now, he’s confident, he’s healthy, and he’s sharp, and with a few meaningless friendlies coming up, it seems a decent time to at least give it a look for 45 minutes or so.

    Either way, it’s good to see Beasley looking dangerous. He’ll probably never get back to the form of his PSV days, but he can definitely still be useful.

  7. Look at his age, and then consider that you are commenting on his “potential”…. We’re not talking about Agudelo or Gyau here.

    (also placing him second behind Howard on potential is laughable)

  8. That’s damning with faint praise.

    1/3 of the midfielders in MLS > Rogers

    It is a joke that Rogers has played every game of the Klinsmann era so far. What is more relevant for Beasley is how he compares to Shea, and I’ll take Shea every time, even when not considering age.

  9. i say depth is good. Look at spain. They are glad to have thiago but they can bring him along and not force him to carry the load cause they have xavi, iniesta, fab, silva all that can play those roles.

    We need some vets that can carry the load and take some burden off of young guys.

  10. and more depth would mean you don’t need to force guys like brek shea to carry the load at such a young age. You can play them tons but not have to say “it’s all on you kid.”

  11. he’s clueless. i’m sure one of those that just started watching the sport in the last 6 or 7 years and now thinks he know everything there is.

  12. torres has been the best guy on the pitch for the U.S. for two games. what are you talking about. and they don’t play the same positions.

  13. He definitely deserves a call up. I’m just saying he’s probably not gonna be a guy we can rely on throughout qualifying and even though he might be tearing it up right now I doubt he’ll be there for the 2014 World Cup. Talk to me in a few months and we’ll see where DMB is at. Hope he proves me wrong.

  14. I dunno though, Run DMB is the same age as Landon Donovan, and I don’t think he should get benched for any say Bedoya.
    And I know they are at different levels but I do think DMB deserves at least a call up with this form

  15. Run DMB is looking like his old self again, and he easily has as much potential as anyone sans Howard on the team.

    Any reason why Dolo didn’t play and Jones didn’t dress?

  16. Good for DMB. Glad to see he’s back in form. I’m not getting my hopes up though. He does this ish all the time. Like the winter before the 2010 World Cup he wasn’t playing for Rangers at all, then all of a sudden he got on fire for them, looked pretty good against the Netherlands in the March 2010 friendly and after that went crap again for the rest of his club season and almost got beat out by Bedoya in the final 23 for the World Cup.

  17. I concur. There was a time, not too long ago, where one might have thought Beasley would be a more important player than Donovan. Injuries have hampered Beasley’s career.

  18. Definitely, he still has something. The only problem with his come-back is, he’s competing against Brek Shea for that LW position. And Brek is probably the hottest young player on our USMNT pool right now.
    He looked ridiculously fast on that run though, and he had that final defender on his donk with those two cuts

  19. DMB same age as Landon, no?

    the idea is for young players to push old guys out, not to be handed spots b/c they’re young- if beasley is the best left wing option-play him

  20. I don’t know. Beasley may be able to work his way into a few call ups but his NT career is long gone. Bedoya is stepping into his role and albeit not as strong, is making a case for himself. Let the younger guys stake their claim.

  21. The prime concern with DMB = health. Were he healthy all along, doubt he would have fallen to oblivion. He’s got to prove he’s durable before being considered again for UMNNT

  22. I have said it before 2010 and I will continue to say it…there is no one in our player pool with the experience and abilities that Beasley brings to the team. Quite a bit of folks here put him out to pasture however, they failed to recognize what he has been able to do for us. He terrorized concacaf up and down that left wing, stretched defenses and I can’t speak enough about his decision making. All the “Breks, Rogers” of the US national team could learn a hell of a lot from Beasley.

  23. people can say what they want but Beasley still has some wheels and i think can be effective on that left side for the US going forward into qualification and maybe in this next world cup……thats ofcourse if he stays in form and injury free.

  24. Not sure I agree with your second point, but Cool Herc has proven he can score goals as a super sub at the club level and during the pre-World Cup friendlies. Came in as a sub against Slovenia and made the run off the ball to open up goal for Bradley in World Cup. I rather bring him off the bench than Agudelo at this point. Agudelo will get there.

  25. You’re an idiot if you think Herc should replace Torres. Yes, Herc should be called in, but not in place of Torres. Just because he doesn’t score goals doesn’t mean that Torres is ineffective.

  26. You realize Gomez and Torres play totally different positions right? And that he brought in Orozco primarily to see him in person unlike Gonzalez who is a known quality considering Klinsmann has lived in Southern Cali for nearly 5 years? Or that hes said repeatedly that he brought in fringe guys on purpose over established guys? Not stirring up the pot, just making sure you understand the reasoning instead of just getting upset over sone friendlies.

  27. I don’t think herc is any kinda answer…jozy is getting goals and starts might i add in a MUCH better league. Even bundisliga II is better than mexico. Easy there Shane-o.

  28. Might as well pencil in a goal each week from Gomez, yet Klinsy still insists that the ineffective Torres is his way to introduce the Latin influence on the US MNT. Sad.

    Oh and should I mention Orozco who recieved his obligatory ineptitude card while Gonzalez continues to shine but gets no call


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