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Great day for Americans Abroad–Beasley goes for 72′ against St Johnstone–Bradley scores winner against Dolo’s Hannover 96–and more

December 13, 2009 Leave a comment

DaMarcus Beasley continued his impressive (and unexpected) resurgence today, putting in an emphatic performance against St. Johnstone that should prove he is truly ready for regular first team action. DaMarcus Beasley

Beasley’s impact on the game was immediate. Less than a minute into the game he fed a neat pass in to Kris Boyd, who slid the ball into the corner of the net. Boyd scored his second of the day in the 21st minute with a converted penalty. Then, in the 51st minute, Beasley took advantage of a St. Johnstone defensive error, blazing down the right side of the field and firing in a cross to Miller, whose shot was saved. But Novo was sitting in wait and slotted in the rebound, putting Rangers up 3-0.

With rumors swirling that Rangers are looking to dump the speedy, frenetic winger come January, Beasley’s stock should be on the rise after his recent performances. He was a big part of two of Rangers’ goals today and looked his old self throughout the match: speedy, clever, and relentless. Let’s just hope Roy Hodgson was watching the game.

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Yet Beasley wasn’t the American to impress today. Across Europe, Yanks were dominant.

In England, Clint Dempsey started and played 90′ in Fulham’s 1-1 draw against Burnley, while American keepers Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Friedel (Villa) and Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves) all went the full 90 for their respective clubs and all boasted impressive performances. Friedel recorded a shutout in Villa’s 1-0 upset of Manchester United; Hahnemann recorded a shutout in Wolves’ 1-0 upset of Tottenham; and Howard made 7 saves as Everton drew 3-3 with league leaders Chelsea.

The only disappointments for yanks in the Premiership came for Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Spector. Altidore came on in the 66′ in Hull’s 0-0 draw with Blackburn, while Spector dressed but did play in West Ham’s 1-0 loss to Birmingham.

Meanwhile, in Germany, Michael Bradley scored the game winning goal in Borussia Monchengladbach’s bizarre 5-3 win over Steve Cherundolo’s Hannover 96 (‘Dolo went the full 90 for Hannover).

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