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Rejuvenated Beasley hoping run of good form translates over to USMNT


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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – If there was a list of Americans players abroad off to hot starts this season, DaMarcus Beasley would surely be near the top.

For the first time in years, Beasley has begun his club season in good form. Playing with Mexican club Puebla, with whom he signed this summer, Beasley has started in all 11 league games to date, and has played all but three minutes in them.

Beasley has done more than just take up a large chunk of minutes this season. He's also made an impact, scoring two goals and assisting on two others for a Puebla team that could be closer to the bottom of the table if not for his contributions (Puebla is currently in 15th place out of 18 teams in Mexico's Apertura season).

"I've been playing a lot of different positions, but at the same time I feel confident, I feel good," said Beasley. "That's all I wanted, a chance to play. Anywhere where I went, especially with (German club) Hannover, I didn't get a chance. All I wanted was a chance to play, and if I messed up myself, I messed up. But I never got that chance to play.

"Now, the coach gave me a chance to play, and I love it in Mexico. It's a great league, lot of skillful players. But at the same time I think it goes with my style, playing the ball and keeping it on the ground, and playing quick soccer and that's what I like."

By adapting quickly to Mexico and the league's style of play, Beasley caught the attention of U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who earlier this week admitted his admiration for Beasley due to the player's willingness to step out of his comfort zone in Europe to find playing time.

Klinsmann may be pleased to have Beasley in camp, but he isn't the only one. Players on the team have taken notice to Beasley's recent run of good form and are glad to have him back in camp.

"Every time DaMarcus comes in he brings a good attitude, a smile, and just a really good way about him," said Michael Bradley with a smile on his face. "He lifts the whole group when he comes in. He's been in really good form in Mexico and sharp, and to have him back is great, not only for him but for the team, because we need, certainly when you look at things, to have left-footed attacking players."

As one of only two left-footed attackers on Klinsmann's roster for upcoming friendlies against Honduras in Miami and Ecuador in Harrison, N.J., Beasley would appear to have a good chance to get minutes in at least one of the games, if not both.

That's something that Beasley is eagerly hoping happens due to various reasons, not the least of which is getting closer to the coveted milestone of 100 caps for his country.

"I think about it all the time to be honest," said Beasley, who currently has 93 appearances for the U.S. team. "That part is an individual accomplishment that not many people can say they have. It's in the back of my head. I've got seven to go. If I do get it, it'll be a great accomplishment for me, my family, being around for 11 years with the national team. If I don't, it's been a great run and I'm happy to be play the 93 games I've had so far."

A three-time World Cup veteran, Beasley is also taking joy from playing under Klinsmann. Beasley was around when Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley coached the United States, and the 29-year-old midfielder is quick to point out that Klinsmann is different from his predecessors both on the field and off it.

Beasley says it's clear to see Klinsmann's energetic personality during training and that it is really "uplifting" for the players, as that can help their confidence.

As far as Beasley is concerned, Klinsmann's coaching style closely resembles the time when he was a world-class forward for clubs such as Bayern Munich and Tottenham and the German national team.

"You could see on the field, he had a lot passion for the game. Whenever he scored a goal for his country or at Munich, he showed that whenever he was on the field, and he's showing that as a coach as well," said Beasley. "Being around him, even in lunches and meetings and stuff like that, on the field he's the same guy.

"He's like a player. He knows what we go through, what it takes to get to the next level, not just from soccer wise but off the field, stretching, and eating right and this and that, getting the right nutrition, that stuff is important. All that he is instilling into us and that's a very important for our team."

As much as players like Beasley are enjoying Klinsmann's approach, the results on the field have not been there yet. The U.S. team tied Mexico in its first game under the German-born coach, and then lost to Costa Rica and Belgium by 1-0 scorelines.

In each of those games, the Americans had moments of quality, demonstrating an ability to maintain possession as they attempted to break down their foes. But that was also mixed with long spells of sloppy and disjointed play and an inability to create quality looks on goal.

Like the rest of the team, Beasley is hoping the Americans can get their first victory under Klinsmann soon, though he does admit that at this point in Klinsmann's reign it isn't all about winning.

"It's a new team, new era, lot of new faces, we've got to start playing together," said Beasley. "But now we're getting to a point where we know kind of in terms the strengths of each player and we're trying to emulate that on the field and hopefully we can do that on Saturday and get our first win under Jurgen."

Beasley's skillset, experience and current form might be able to help the United States unlock opposing team's defenses. But like his club situation, he'll have to make the most of his opportunity, if and when it comes. Whether it's as a starter or as a substitute, Beasley appears ready for that chance.

"It's an honor to get called in again; second camp under Jurgen. Just looking hopefully to get my feet wet with the national team again," said Beasley. "It's been a while since I've put on a jersey so hopefully I get a chance this weekend or the game against Ecuador to play."

With the way Beasley's been playing, that seems a likely scenario.


  1. It depends on what your definition of technical is, I would imagine. He is great with passing in tight spaces. He uses his body well to shield the ball. He combines with 1 touch passing farely often. He hardly ever compromises possession. I think you need technical qualities to be creative however, I think beasley is more technical than he is creative.

  2. Yea Cairo…you are. It is not about speed and technical ability in the defense. You can be vary effective even with average speed as long as you know how to “team defend” as to contain and use positional awareness for 1v1 challenges. Tim Ream is very technical in the defense yet he continues to baffle the mind by giving the ball away right outside the 18…you can have many skills as you want…what is important is knowing how to use them consistantly well at the appropriate times.

  3. Depends on who you are referring too. However, Demarcus was in form for Rangers right before he left for South Africa. If memory serves me correct, he had 2 goals and 3 assists in a run of 4 games. He started 2 games and was used as a sub. He ended straining his Quad during US caamp and still managed to beat out Sasha for that last midfield spot. After all the wear and tear on his body, you would think his quickness would suffer. That is appearently not the case.

  4. Technical is not a word I’d use in the same sentence as DaMarcus Beasley not even in a comparison. And who is less technical (besides Edson Buddle) in the USMNT pool?

  5. I am a fan, even when his form dipped and his pretty forgettable WC 2006. I also believe he can play left back, or anywhere over there on the left hand side. versatile player, good defender, works hard and can finish and crash the far post well, ask Landon.

    have seen him play three games this year and he looked good, dangerous even at times, in all of them

  6. um no, Boca and Dolo couldn’t play well in that formation. they’re not that fast. you’d have to have chandler and lichaj available.

  7. That could open up some awesome attacking potential, if on the left you have Beez, Williams and Shea. And on the right Dolo, Chandler and Dempsey. I read someplace else a writer who thinks Beckerman will be taking over Torres’s role this weekend. So something like this:





  8. imagine shea playing up top on the left, beasley playing on the left wing and chandler playing LB. dear lord. it would just be fun to see their speed together.

  9. I can see a 4-3-3 formation


  10. Its good to see Beasley back, and it bring me back memory when him and Donovan play together is was the best right and left attacker midfielders that USA with their speed and passes plus now adding to that Dempsey playing forward or behind the lone striker WOW it would be nice to see them for at least one more World Cup before we bring the younger into this USNMT. GO USA!!!

  11. Am I the only one who is up for another Beasley at left back experiment–this time an actual extended experiment? Think about it:
    –he’s very fast
    –he’s left footed
    –he’s more technical than most of the other candidates (“Klinsy style”, if you will)
    –he’s got loads of experience

    Honestly, as mediocre as he was there, name someone else in the pool who has been consistently better at that spot for the USMNT?

    Would love to see Beas and Shea playing off of each other.
    I will now go hide, as I know how hated the Beasley to left back idea is…

  12. Yeah.

    No matter how skilled they are, players with speed are a nightmare to deal with. And a left forward/left mid combo is a terror.

  13. Hey, If DMB can get back to where he was, it’ll be one heck of a comeback story.

    When it first broke that he might go down south, it just didn’t seem like a good fit to me. Right now, looks like I was wrong (as usual).

  14. I remember how frustrated most of us were and we figured that would be the end of him. Now here we are and we’re ecstatic to have him back. I’m just glad he got his confidence back up. The dude’s a talented player who may have gone further up the European rung had it not been for some injuries.

  15. I play right back and I will be the first to admit that is true. I had to defend a speedy left back/left mid combo and it was hard as hell. Especially because my right winger wasn’t all about tracking back on defense. It was like they had two wingers constantly overlapping each other for wave after wave of attack. They weren’t even that good, but with that kind of speed, they kept me busy and pinned in my own half the whole game.

  16. Playing Shea and Beasley in the left mid/forward spots is just unfair to opposing backs. Regardless of talent, that speed is unbeatable.

  17. Run DMB, Gooch, its like we are getting the band back together. But Landy wants more cash so he sittin’ the reunion tour out.


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