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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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Jay DeMerit returns!

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Jay Demerit came on at half time in Watford’s 3-1 victory against QPR today. The tough center back had been out since late September after a freak eye accident (“freak” here means “not only cutting his own eye with his contact lens, but also getting it infected”).

Suddenly the US’ back line is looking a lot less shaky. Let’s hope everything goes smooth for the veteran defender as he gets back to match fitness.

Boring monday

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

In the soccer world, Monday’s suck. Hungover from all that weekend goodness, all you need is just a little something to keep you going. But what do you get? Nothing.

So here are a few possibly delicious links to try to sustain yourself:

Lee Nguyen: Vietnam Superstar. An old link but a good link: for all of you wondering what the hell is going on with Lee Nguyen, This is American Soccer has an interview (hey, soccernet, why is it that bloggers are always out-reporting you?). Looks like the kid might be going to Dallas. Good for him and MLS, bad for his unpronounceable Vietnam team.

US to face Honduras in January friendly (Soccer by Ives)

Philadelphia Union putting out roots. Nothing too exciting here, but it’s good to read about the Union making connections with local youth teams.

Wayne Rooney sleeps through World Cup draw, admits that the US is a good team. (Guardian)

The only other soccer goodness today: Danish Superliga action. Benny Feilhaber and (future Unioner?) Jeremiah White should see the field today. Check your local illegal p2p site for live feeds.

Freddy Adu doesn’t make the bench for Belenenses against Olhanense

October 23, 2009 2 comments

Freddy Adu, who is making a habit of bouncing around Europe to clubs that won’t play him, did not see the field in Belenenses’ match against Olhanense today. He didn’t even see the bench. The match ended 0-0.

Belenenses, currently 9th the Portugese Liga, is now one point above Olhanense and only 3 points out of relegation. Adu’s former club, Benefica, is 2nd, and recently thrashed Everton 5-0 in Europa League play.

So Mr. Adu, who was once the great hope of American soccer, cannot find playing time with a mid-level team in a small (but very good) European league. In fact, he can’t find playing time anywhere and hasn’t for a long time.

What does this mean? Is a Adu at long last, officially a bust? Shall we find another young prodigy on which to hang all national hopes of international soccer glory?

Shorter: No.

Longer: No. Adu is 20 years old. Sure, he’s not in the Messi/Ronaldo/Pato range, but did you ever really believe he would be? He’s still young. He might not be the Greatest Player Ever in World History, but he still might end up being a very good player.  And he still might have a role to play with men’s national team.

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