Beasley eyes MLS as Rangers departure looms

DaMarcus Beasley (Rueters) 

DaMarcus Beasley could be looking for work soon, and the potential search for employment has him eyeing a return to Major League Soccer.

Rangers is ready to part ways with the U.S. national team winger in January and sources tell SBI that Beasley is looking for a return to MLS, but his asking price might prevent the reunion from happening.

Rangers has been looking for takers for Beasley's services for some time, along with the services of several other players, but has yet to secure a reasonable offer for the former PSV star. If no offers emerge soon, the Glasgow club will release Beasley, which could pave the way for Beasley to make a move back to MLS.

So what is standing in the way of a Beasley return home? The fact that no MLS team is ready to pay the seven-figure salary he is looking for and has grown accustomed to in his five years of playing in Europe's top flight.

There aren't many teams in MLS that couldn't use Beasley's services on the left wing, but his Designated Player-level salary demands are an issue. With MLS teams targeting mainly foreign stars with their designated player slots, Beasley will have a difficult time finding an MLS club with the DP slot to use on him, and the willingness to make him a designated player.

Which clubs would be interested? Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy would make a perfect fit, but would only make sense financially if David Beckham were to leave LA for AC Milan permanently. Beasley could theoretically be a replacement for Landon Donovan if Donovan were to make a permanent move to Bayern Munich (where he is set to begin a loan move next month) but the Galaxy would be unable to pay Beasley more than a max salary of approximately $415,000 a season (at least not under the current MLS rules).

A return to Chicago, where he began his career and reached an MLS Cup with in 2003, would not seem likely considering Cuauhtemoc Blanco currently fills the club's DP slot and left winger Justin Mapp recently signed a contract extension.

Beasley had been linked to a potential MLS return two years ago, with Real Salt Lake and New York the identified suitors, but that was when John Ellinger was RSL's head coach and Arena was with the Red Bulls. With Ellinger serving as Hyndman's assistant with FC Dallas, you have to wonder whether FC Dallas would be interested and capable of making Beasley an offer he would seriously consider.

A Beasley return to MLS will ultimately come down to whether Beasley is willing to take a substantial pay-cut to come home. If he were, the number of interested MLS teams would multiply.

So why would Beasley be interested in a return to MLS at the age of 26? Injuries and inconsistent playing time have hampered him the past three European seasons, and with 2009 being a busy and important year for the U.S. national team (with World Cup qualifying, Confederations Cup and Gold Cup), Beasley could be better served by spending the next year or two in MLS, which would cut down on his travel requirements as opposed to if he were based in Europe. He would be 28 after the 2010 World Cup and a strong showing in South Africa, as well as in MLS, could pave the way for a return to Europe.

Beasley has struggled to gain a regular place in Rangers' starting lineup this season, failing to even make the bench on a handful of recent occasions. Rangers faces arch-rival Celtic on Saturday.

What do you think about Beasley potentially returning to MLS? Do you want him to come back? Do you think he would be better served staying in Europe? Which MLS team could you see him going to? Think Rangers should keep him?

Share your thoughts below.

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77 Responses to Beasley eyes MLS as Rangers departure looms

  1. Carl Setterlund says:

    BRING HIM TO THE REVS!

  2. John says:

    I don’t really care if he comes back. Anyone who plays for Rangers is shite in my eyes.

  3. Robert says:

    Totally ironic that in a time that donovan finally feels like he’s going to be abroad for awhile, Beasley could be coming home.

  4. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Rangers are idiots at the moment. They spent all that money with Beasley rehabbing and now that he is fit they don’t bother putting him in… There are several teams in the bottom of the Prem that could us a left winger with pace. Not sure why nobody wants the guy. It will be a small asking price since all Americans are undervalued in most cases.

  5. CD says:

    i like it when americans try to talk like Brits, and say “shite” or “arse”, and get all passionate for foreign leagues. lol

  6. Drew D (From FL) says:

    Instead, why not just stop beating yourself up beas? Stay healthy and you can thrive in europe, we’ve all seen you do it before.

  7. Chris says:

    MLS wouldn’t approve of an American player as a DP? Claudio Reyna was approved.

  8. LJ says:

    MLS should make a new rule where each team can sign a DP American and a DP Foreigner.

    I would like to see Beasley return, Adu loaned to DCU, and Kamani Hill return, along with someone signing Carlos Martinez and Felix Garcia.

    Now I would be totally ready for the best MLS season yet!

  9. Victor says:

    I read in an article before that he wants to go back to Chicago, but like you said that appears unlikely. But how sweet would that be to have him back on the Fire.

  10. Ives says:

    Absolutely correct Chris, but considering how that turned out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you don’t see another American gain that distinction for a long time.

  11. mikeK says:

    Just get him away from the huns.

  12. adam says:

    WOW just WOW

  13. Felix says:

    I personally don’t want Beasley to return back. He needs to get on a European club where his talents will be utilized, playing in the rough-and-tumble SPL isn’t the best fit for him. Perhaps the Bundesliga or back to the Eredivisie would be better for him.

  14. Carl says:

    He should stay in Europe. I don’t care if he needs to travel. We need 11 US starters that are consistent starters on at least average teams. Quick question. Anyone know why Bobby Convey came back a few games ago and now is not dressing the last couple games?

  15. Dominghosa says:

    Did someone just say Kamani Hill would be an American DP?

  16. B.A. says:

    Watch him end up in Argentina…

  17. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    An oft-injured American coming to play in MLS as a DP? Where have I heard this tune before?

  18. KingSnake says:

    Just one of 10 huns who will get the boot come the January fire sale …

  19. He would be great in Argentina! That is an awesome suggestion. River Plate is DYING for talents.

  20. BoRiUaNo616 says:

    bring him to red bulls!!!

  21. JC says:

    “MLS wouldn’t approve of an American player as a DP? Claudio Reyna was approved.”

    MLS has learned that American DP players don’t have the draw that foreign DP signings do. Players like Beasley, Donovan, Cooper, and Twellman may be worth that sort of salary but they don’t put butts in the seats too much nor draw tv ratings (both domestic and abroad). It makes more sense to get a DP that will recoup the money instead of just increasing talent. Look for an investment in foreign players and young Americans while selling the Donovan and Cooper type players in the next few years.

  22. Dave Clark says:

    Garber could get creative and just give him the “exception” to DP status that other American Nationals have gotten. Rather than call it grandfathering, he could just say that any player on the US MNT would only count against the cap as a DP, but not require a slot. This would bring a lot of guys back.

  23. Indie FC says:

    Beasley is done. Stick a fork in him. Why would we want to take a second rate player from a second rate league? It would just be a step backwards.

  24. Ted says:

    I’d like to see him return to the Netherlands… he’s hurting himself by playing British soccer.

    He’s practically perfect for the right or left wing in a traditional Dutch 4-3-3, which happens to be the position he had so much success with when he was at PSV.

  25. kpugs says:

    The fairest thing for the league to do is to allow Beasley’s contract to be “grandfathered” in to L.A. and count $0 of it towards the salary cap.

    When you think about it, that’s really the only option here. And while they’re at it, they should “grandfater” Angel and Huckerby to L.A. as well without counting any of that oney towards L.A.’s cap. It’s only fair.

  26. kpugs says:

    Indie…really? Let me guess, you don’t watch U.S. world cup qualifiers. Or any soccer on TV. Ever.

  27. Erik Abarca says:

    Sad, I hope he finds another gig in Europe. Ives, where in Europe do u think he will fit in and play well? Where would you like to c him go?

  28. cam says:

    i know i always suggest americans to go to tottenham… but spurs are looking for a left winger and have been linked with stuart downing. maybe they should save some cash and go after beasley?

  29. A.S. says:

    Do we know whether Beasley is any good since his injury? I haven’t seen him play club soccer since then, but from what I’ve seen with the National Team, he’s lost quite a bit.

    He may simply not be worth 7-figure money at this point.

  30. Bacalao says:

    Sonic & Indie are right, as sad as Beasley’s case is. He has been in constant decline since the ’06 WC. He’s always been a one trick pony, and now his one trick–speed–has diminished, he doesn’t have much to offer.

    Kpugs, showing up in qualifiers is fine and good, but don’t you think performing well in say the WC, would be a bigger credit to him?

  31. beckster says:

    I hope that both our out of favor left wingers (Beasley and Convey) find a place in Europe in January. They are both slight, fast, injury prone and have flashes of brilliance. I think that after playing at the level they have for the past few years, it would be a comedown to come back to MLS. I have to believe that there is a place for them – not the EPL but in the Championship or the Netherlands or perhaps Scandanavia. The MNT needs an in-form left wing.

  32. Carl says:

    I agree he has looked just average lately…

  33. Chop says:

    Steady decline since 06′ World Cup?

    Try a lot longer before that. His last best form was with PSV in 04-05 and it’s gotten worse since. A lot of people love to heap the WC blame on Donovan but for my money Beasley was atrocious in Germany and was downright putrid in the buildup to Germany.

    He’s definitely not worth DP money right now. As a US soccer fan I would love to see him back in MLS but he is not even close to worthy of anything above $300,000 a season and quite frankly I don’t know who in MLS would pay that for him now.

  34. Charles says:

    Beasley should never return to MLS. I think he ought to go to Spain and play for a middle of the table squad like Osasuna or Betis. He will not get as injured in Spain as in Scotland. The Scots can’t ball so they just hack players. In Spain they give you the space to express yourself. It would be a major step back for him to return to MLS.

  35. hoyanick says:

    I would be interested to read an in-depth report on his lack of playing time. He has been somewhat forgotten by the (small) US soccer press.

  36. Eugene says:

    I don’t think it would be worthwhile for an MLS side to take him at his current salary demands and knowing that he would be away for significant portions of the 2009 season (and 2010).

    San Jose has the top allocation spot for returning US national team players, right? Seattle used their spot on Keller.

  37. BrianK says:

    I was just watching Hull get dismantled by Man City,…and the commentators noted that Hull lack pace (speed),…and I wondered why they wouldn’t take a a flyer on Beasely or Donovan.

    Otherwise,…DMB should return to MLS for two years as Ives noted. He should be in the US for WCQ and playing first team football.

  38. Jason says:

    He should go to Spain or Germany.

    Get out of the EPL/SPL.

  39. Nickel says:

    I think it wouldn’t be a bad move, just the $ will be difficult. Some others players who play in europe should come back as well. For Example, BOBBOY CONVEY, LEE NGUEYN, BENNY FELAIBER. THEE PLAYERS ARE GOOD AND YOUNG AND IN THE MLS THEY CAN GET CONSISTENT PLAYING TIME.

  40. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    Kpugs, the question should be, have you watched DMB play against any non-CONCACAF teams lately? He hasn’t done anything for the Nats against anybody not from our region in two years. Only playing well against Cuba and El Salvador makes you Eddie Johnson, not a DP worthy player.

  41. Phillip says:

    Beasley’s too good to return to MLS at this point.

  42. BrianK says:

    Nickel has hit on a point I have made many times over,….REPATRIATION. With MLS set to expand itneeds to repatriat some of the American talent that is wasting away in second rate leagues in Europe on the benches fo first rate teams. There is a good 10-20 players who fit the bill. Bring them back and improve level of play in MLS!

    Ives,…can you do a feature on this topic?

  43. Reid says:

    The latest american to go to Norways 2nd division.

  44. Carl says:

    anyone heard anything new about Donovan? Is the deal 100% for sure? Is he over there traning? I heard they were looking at a different forward possibility just the other day..??

  45. CO_Soccer_Fan says:

    I’m all for bringing Beas back to the MLS and any young American not getting playing time at the moment in Europe. Expecially those that don’t even suit up.

    Playing time in the MLS is better than no playing time at all in Europe. Let our boys mature here on US soil and make MLS a better league.

  46. Indie FC says:

    Surprisingly enough, soccer is about all I do watch. Beasley has not been the same since 2006. He still has flashes of his old self, but he’s not even close to being worth that kind of money (7 figures). Now, if you wanted to talk about bringing him back for, say, $250,000, that would be reasonable. What I saw in qualifying was one GREAT game and two poor ones, one good game, one poor one. And, no, I’ve never been a big beas fan.

  47. Alex says:

    Everyone says that MLS is on par with the scandanavian leagues and even ruud guillit said it was on par with the dutch league, so it just confuses me when people say he should go there instead of MLS? If its the same then come home, in my opinion nobody should play for the national team if they aren’t getting first team minutes… period. So if it comes down to playing then he should go where he can play.

  48. Joamiq says:

    One trick pony? Apparently you people haven’t watched Beasley defend, pass, or finish. He also has composure and competitiveness that is almost entirely lacking from the National Team when we play against better competition.

    There must be SOME place in Europe where he can play regularly.

  49. Hood-Rich says:

    Did he change his game since moving to Scotland? Like someone posted earlier, he is/was a one trick pony; pushes the ball past people and outruns them, then cuts, then outruns them again. :-) Not much technical skill on the ball and average touch. He needs go to Brasil and learn multiple step-overs, body fakes a la Chris Waddle and then go in the opposite direction. I remember this was the way Cobi Jones played in his early days, just pure speed, and then he honed his technical ability when he returned to MLS and was fun to watch toward his twilight yrs in MLS. Jones lost his speed but made
    up for that with much better ball skills and fakes.

  50. It isn’t hard to think of MLS teams who could use his talent, but it is disheartening to hear he is considering coming back to the MLS. US soccer needs players 100% dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make it at the top level of play. If he doesn’t like the Rangers and or the SPL, he should try another top flight team in Europe.

    Spain, Italy, France, etc., might be better suited for his style of play, but whatever league a player chooses to endeavor in, it is going to take everything that player has to succeed.

    So, is Beasley as good as we want to think?

  51. scott47a says:

    I look forward to the day, hopefully in my lifetime, when people who back the USMNT look at playing experience in the MLS as a positive and not a “step-down.”

    Frankly, I’d take most MLS teams against most teams from the 2nd and 3rd tier European leagues — such as Austria and Denmark and Norway.

    So I hope it’s just a matter of time until some realize that players like Beasley or Chad Marshall playing in MLS is much better than the pair of them watching European games from a sideline seat.

  52. Hood_Rich says:

    He’ll probably get loaned off to Spurs as Redknapp is looking for players who
    now are expendible and taking up $$$ on the wage bill but not playing regularly. Beasley fits this requirement. Spurs don’t have a good left MF since Malbranque, and Beasley would offer them speed down the left flank with Lennon on other.

  53. Mike_D says:

    i like it when americans try to talk like Brits, and say “shite” or “arse”, and get all passionate for foreign leagues. lol

    CD

    —–
    took the words out of my mouth dude. I hope these guys saying Rangers are shite, Huns, blah blah Huns are Scottish. I hope most American fans realize you can enjoy a European match and follow a team without picking up the horrible aspects of the supporters.

  54. Victor says:

    here is the link about Beasley where it talks about how he wants to finish his career with the Fire……

    link to theherald.co.uk

  55. B.A. says:

    Dave Martinez,

    I was actually thinking River Plate when I thought that.

    Actually no, I was thinking out of my backside, but I’m sure he couldn’t hurt.

  56. He needs to stay in Europe. His talent is better suited in Europe.

  57. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Let him go anywhere that can help him convert to left back and solve the biggest hole in the Nat’s lineup….

  58. TimN says:

    I think MLS would be a step in the wrong direction. Beasley needs to find another European team, as Gooch did. Somebody in Europe was a good left winger with speed and the ability to finish. All this criticism I read here that’s being heaped his way is unwarranted. He took a MAJOR injury, and it takes time to come back from that. Personally, I’d like to see him in a mid-level EPL team, the Bundesliga, or Spain.

  59. Knuckles says:

    I’m astonished that anyone thinks Beasley is worth the effort. He’s got feet of lead, couldn’t hit water if he kicked the ball at the Pacific Ocean, and has lost a few steps. He’s never been all that good, quite frankly, and I think Rangers are finally wising up to that.

  60. cbr says:

    beasley would rock in MLS. I agree with the other poster. MLS should have a DP rule for USMNT players. Sure we’ll lose the Jozy’s and Dempsey’s of the world, but atleast we’ll prevent those crap Scandinavian leagues from poaching away MLS all stars.

    He’d start in 80% of the teams in MLS right now. Only LM’s who are better than him are Dave VDB and Huckerby.

    Beasley has made his money already in Europe, its time to come home and give something back to American soccer while you still have some gas left in the tank. (200k-400k a year isnt anything to laugh at either)

  61. JCP says:

    I think he ought to stick it out with Rangers. The left wing spot is wide-open and his for the taking. It would also be an honor to cement a starting spot with Rangers. Having an important role on a team with Barry Ferguson, Kris Boyd, David Weir, etc. would be great for his career.

  62. I spent the past few months in Glasgow and had a chance to see Beasley play in person this season – with Rangers blowing out Inverness 5-0 he was subbed on to absolutely no ovation (unlike the cheers I heard Dempsey get a week earlier down in Craven Cottage). A pass would come Beasley’s way and it would bounce off his feet to the other team, and someone in the stands would call him a wanker, and everyone else in the stands would laugh.

    I used to be a huge Beasley fan, until I actually watched him playing on TV and in the flesh week in and week out… I’ve got to say, it does a disservice to the Altidores, Coopers and Feilhabers to say that Beasley is still one of America’s elite. We can do much better (though I do like the suggestion about converting him to a left back – interesting theory, if he were willing to give it a go).

  63. Matthew says:

    Adu aside. How about Portugal? Pace can only get you so far. Whenn will/can he evolve into a well rounded player? MLS = average at best. Is that Beasley?

  64. Haus says:

    Beez to Revs!!

  65. Justin O says:

    Mike_D and CD

    Just because an American uses sayings not typically used in America doesn’t mean they’re some kind of “Eurosnob” or whatever. Most of the English people I have interacted with over the past 10 years haven’t been Americans. Most of the TV broadcasts and soccer matches I’ve watched haven’t been American. And guess what, sometimes without realizing it I use words or sayings not typical of American English.

    Or maybe someone just likes the sound of SHITE better? Is that bad?

    So please take your linguistic “eurosnob” witch-hunting to Bigsoccer with the rest of the jingoistic language police.

  66. Nychapin09 says:

    STAY AWAY FROM THE MLS!
    i love the MLS but i also love Beasley and we need him in a top flight league

  67. Brett says:

    If he comes back to MLS, he’s making MLS better.

    I don’t see a problem with that. It’s not a profitable league right now, but competition is competition. He’s not getting any better watching games in Europe.

    If no one wants him for a fair value, bring him home.

  68. zongzap says:

    Everybody is acting like his coming to MLS is a big deal.

    There’s a good reason he’s bombed in Europe and that this might happen. He can’t dribble, he can’t cross, his passing is adequate but nothing special. When you get by his work ethic (good) and speed (V good), there really isn’t that much there, The Euros just happen to see it.

    He should come to MLS, but not for 7 figures. I’m thinking he might be worth 250-300K tops

  69. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Beas out of the SPL would be a good thing, to the MLS? Maybe not. I’d like to see Beaz make a move to a ‘smaller’ club in Spain or Italy…or I’d take an Argentina move as well but don’t count on it, there are 57,000 better left mid options for River Plate near the obelisk on the 9 de Julio.

    Will Beas start the Mexico game? that would be a good discussion…I don’t see how Bradley goes elsewhere, but not playing hurts a player…ask Feilhber.

  70. Johhny Boy says:

    Beasley and Convey were mostly about speed and effort. Football “intelligence’, touch and subtlety were never their strong points. If injury and age have robbed them of this then they need to get to any club, anywhere of at least MLS level that will play them regularly and help them heal.

  71. Tim says:

    One does not simply CHOOSE to play in Italy or Spain. Beasley, like most (if not all) American players, is tremendously overrated.

  72. Matt says:

    Stay in Europe and eat something!! too skinny to play in MLS! Beasley is washed up!!

  73. georg says:

    I would personaly love to see him in Utah,

    And like Ellinger it looks like Kries is looking for some speed on the outside.

  74. KingSnake says:

    The Beas likes his booze a bit too much for Utah …

  75. Brett says:

    This deluded view that he can only be a good player if he plays in Europe is annoying.

    Besides, Beasley is no longer a part of the best 11 of US Soccer in my opinion.

    Howard
    Altidore
    Donovan
    Dempsey
    Cherundolo
    Gooch
    Bocanegra
    Adu
    Bradley
    Kljestan

    Maybe the last spot is open for Beas if he can convert to LB, but his lack of playing time and low ceiling push him out in favor of a Kenny Cooper or even a guy like Charlie Davies or Gringo Torres. If Edu weren’t also rotting at Rangers I’d put him in the discussion as well.

    Maybe a return to MLS could resurrect his career as opposed to just prolonging it middling through weaker European leagues, which is what him “sticking it out in Europe” would likely entail.

  76. Justin says:

    I just want to see Beasley get regular PT. And not at a low quality of play league. If it requires a move back to MLS, so be it. I know that isn’t saying much but playing a full 90 in the MLS would be better than playing 45-60 in a lower league. Or riding the pine like he is now. The way he has been playing for the Nats I wouldn’t be surpirsed to see him not get called in for some games until he starts getting more playing time on the club level. The down side of this is that he would most certainly want DP money, and who would dish this out to him? Better yet, who has an open DP slot that would be willing to pay him? New York? Real Salt Lake? Maybe even FC Dallas. The Revs sure could use the help.

  77. Zachy T says:

    wish he could get some playing time there in scotland or move back to PSV or go to standard liegue…..
    something like that.