97 responses

  1. David K
    December 13, 2009

    Great strike from Michael Bradley this weekend. I’m psyched to see he’s getting those free kick chances at BM. Thanks, Franco.

  2. SG
    December 13, 2009

    Great to see DeMerit back in action. He will be needed in SA.

  3. Beckster
    December 13, 2009

    Lots of good performances and especially happy to see DeMerit back. At this rate, he should be fully fit for South Africa.

    Hahnemann is the goalie in the BBC’s Garth Brook’s team of the week. Great to see him playing and doing well.

  4. IMSYE87
    December 13, 2009

    anyone have video of this infamous corner that beasley took, where he completely shanks it?

    edu was giving him hell a long with everyone else to beasley on twitter about it lol

  5. OmarVizquel
    December 13, 2009

    Too bad it doesn’t matter if you have 15 world class goalies (hyperbole…), you can only play one of them at a time….

    How come we can never have a surplus of strikers?

  6. Paul Lorinczi
    December 13, 2009

    This is great news for the US if Beasley is getting match fit again.

    He is a strong player for us.

  7. Stuart Holden
    December 13, 2009

    Beasley is overrated

  8. JR
    December 13, 2009

    What’s up with Bocanegra not playing? Did he pick up a card suspension or something. Because he almost always plays 90 for Rennes.

  9. Robbie Rogers
    December 13, 2009


  10. ALT
    December 13, 2009

    I think he had a card accumulation

  11. Brian
    December 13, 2009

    Serving a suspension for accumulated yellow cards I believe

  12. Brian
    December 13, 2009

    Note about Jozy: I heard that he picked up a yellow for “diving”, when in fact it actually should have been a penalty

  13. Drewskibaby
    December 13, 2009

    stuart holden is overrated…

  14. darko don
    December 13, 2009

    hate to break it to everyone, but it looks like Beasley is getting time to up his transfer value

  15. AmericanRanger
    December 13, 2009

    Don’t forget Lichaj who got an assist.

  16. hernandez
    December 13, 2009

    That may be the case……but it is never bad to have a part in creating 2 goals. Unless they are own goals…………

  17. Brian
    December 13, 2009

    lol, probably

  18. afc
    December 13, 2009

    Ives doesn’t follow League Two in England. Lichaj is doing great though. Villa seem really keen on him as one for the future. Its nice to see him get some first team action.

  19. Nels, man de L.A.
    December 13, 2009

    lol @ the music in the first beasley clip.

  20. patrick
    December 13, 2009

    not counting on beasley, but if he can get a transfer and shake the rust off, he’d be great to have at the world cup. His minutes are about showcasing him, but thats irrelevant for him, and us. Minutes are minutes and if he plays well, gets a transfer to a club where he can play week in and week out, he’s a big plus for the US. Would make putting clint up top a lot more palatable

  21. CSD
    December 13, 2009

    Good. It is better than Eddie Johnson who isn’t playing having more time on the weekends in London to upgrade his wardrobe to get ready for his free transfer.

  22. Antonio
    December 13, 2009

    if you watch the highlights, he got a yellow for infringement prior to the possible penalty. It wasn’t for diving according to the commentator.
    link to watchsocceronline.blogspot.com

  23. anovato
    December 13, 2009

    who cares why he is playing

    he is playing, and he is playing well, two assists in 3 games, and a hand in another

  24. Ken
    December 13, 2009

    Isn’t Fulham trying to sign him? Maybe Dempsey can show him how to be a winger.

  25. sonicdeathmonkey
    December 13, 2009

    Ives, don’t you mean Freddy Adu will be watching as Belenenses play Vitoria de Guimaraes? ;)

  26. steve
    December 13, 2009

    what so he come back to mls with the same value that rangers brought him for, if he plays for the usa squad then its all a joke beasley

  27. Robbie Rogers
    December 13, 2009


  28. facundo Lopez
    December 13, 2009

    Adu should go play for a English League 1 or 2 team.

  29. harry
    December 13, 2009

    fulham sign beasley are u joking do u know how soccer is play in europe pls ken thats why you never see americans playin over seas cuz you have players like adu and beasley and plenty of others that get hyped up little to much and euro scouts never want americans for there clubs and one game that they play doesn’t make them allstars, maybe if they play a game against a top ranked team in the league and i doubt that will ever happen they need americans that have real skill on the ball not jokes

  30. rob
    December 13, 2009

    yea adu needs to play somewhere he can play and it might not be the top divion

  31. einar
    December 13, 2009

    and dont forget Hill. It will be a great matchup for the staring contest on the sidelines.

  32. Lorenzo
    December 13, 2009

    Beasley’s “hand” in a goal was a f’n handball (should have been called on beasley) which he was wacked down .5 second later and got a pk. It’s not like he beat the last defender and was taken down by the keeper. Dear god lets keep it in perspective.

    That assist today was NOT reminiscent of his assist in the Ghana game, are you kidding me?

    I hope for the best for Beasley, but for JC lets keep it objective. Right now the guy has not shown the form to crack our midfielder pool for 4 years.

  33. Brian
    December 13, 2009

    “for pulling back Samba first”? That seemed like a weak a$$ call to me. Jozy didn’t really seem to touch him all that much

  34. Ken
    December 13, 2009

    Woh calm down. It was a rumor and the people on Fulham’s board were discussing it so I’m just bringing it up.

  35. Manny F
    December 13, 2009

    Cus everyone grows up playing with their hands.

  36. Manny F
    December 13, 2009

    And not a natural winger.

  37. j
    December 13, 2009

    I’d like to see lichaj get called up for a freindly

  38. Joamiq
    December 13, 2009

    I just wanted to point out that this is one of the more incoherent and useless comments I’ve seen on this site. “you never see americans playin over seas”? Did you somehow miss… this entire post? I am stupider for having read this.

  39. JRS
    December 13, 2009

    Lorenzo, which league and/or clubs do you think would be a good fit for Beasley? I have no idea about any of the current speculation, but given Beasley’s WC experience it would be nice to see him transfer to a team where he gets the opportunity to play through the rust while staying motivated and challenged.

  40. Topher
    December 13, 2009

    League mo… f… Two, man. C’mon. That’s the fourth best league in a country. At this point we probably should be moving away from anyone that isn’t playing first division football…(Jay DeMerit an exception since he has Premiership experience).

  41. Joamiq
    December 13, 2009

    Franco said his play on the last goal was reminiscent to the Ghana assist, not the first goal. And it was. Franco didn’t even mention the PK. Dear God, learn to read.

  42. Joamiq
    December 13, 2009

    Man oh man, I hope this is the start of Bease getting back in form. If he does… watch out next summer. He is BY FAR the most talented American winger.

  43. ahm
    December 13, 2009

    agreed. Harry you do realize that beasley has had a relatively successful european career right? and me thinks euro scouts do in fact want americans on their team based on the fact that this article is called “americans abroad.” grammar and logic not your strong suits eh?

  44. Zak1fck
    December 13, 2009

    David Yeldell was injured in the loss to Kaiserslautern. He was playing really poorly and was injured on a mistake that resulting in a goal.

  45. harry
    December 13, 2009

    ok let me say it in a better way so you can understand the only americans that are playing and playing good in europe are the goalies, and Clint Dempsey and Bradley and they all play against the top league teams, theres maybe a few players in mls that can play in europe but arent and there are some that i heard that are just starting there careers now that could be great players for the usa with good kills on the ball so we have to wait and see

  46. bill
    December 13, 2009

    hey does anyone know when is the mls super draft

  47. j
    December 13, 2009

    He was a starter for the villa’s reserves which I believe are in 1st place in the reserve leauge and he played well in the peace cup in pre-season in which they used pretty much their starters so that’s why I wanted to see him called up and yeah it bothers me when people say we should call up people like jemal johnson and pittman who play in a leauge that’s worse then mls and don’t even score consistently

  48. ahm
    December 13, 2009

    so basically you’re backing away entirely from your previous statement of “there’s no americans in europe cause they all suck” and changing it to “american has good goalies and a few solid players in europe. there’s also a new generation of players moving over there in a stage of their careers where it’s too early to assess so there’s a chance things are changing for the better.” thank you for reneging on your previous statement and are now stating the obvious in that america has a history of talented keepers and is now making progress in getting talented, younger players some exposure overseas. thank you

  49. Sgc
    December 13, 2009

    In the US, watching Scottish football on an Arabic broadcaster (complete with kooky soundtrack) through some Russian youtube hack . . . ain’t globalization a trip?

  50. Goalscorer24
    December 13, 2009

    I like to see Beasley hustling! That is what has been missing, much better. Hopefully he continues form.

  51. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    Well as I live and breathe, harry’s back; and what a surprise, he marks his return with a comment containing only pure opinions and conspiracy theories with no facts or figures to back them up.

  52. Victor
    December 13, 2009

    Question…..any reason as to why Bocanegra didn’t make the bench for the game?

  53. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    I’m not thoroughly convinced that Walter Smith is on the take from Bob Bradley. No, not because Beasley getting minutes all of a sudden is that unbelievable, it’s just the fact that Beasley has been played on the right, an area of the field where the USA has been looking for someone who can fill the attacking and defensive capabilities. While it’s only St.Johnstone, who’re 10 out of 12 in the Premier League table, at least after this game, we saw the Beasley of old pop out of that hole he’s been in for what seems like forever. If we get Beasley to not only play well, but play well on the right, something he failed to do against the Czech Republic, we might be looking at an fine starting lineup for WC 2010:







    This is purely speculative, I’m not saying this is what SHOULD happen or this is what WILL happen.

  54. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    I’m *NOW thoroughly convinced

    mah bad.

  55. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    I don’t think Beasley’s hustle has ever been missing. He may have slowed a couple of steps, and lost some of his cleverness, but he’s never been lazy, on or off the ball.

  56. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    card accumulation

  57. afrim
    December 13, 2009

    beasley a step slower than what he was is still a very useful to the USNT. Hopefully he goes back to Holland where it all beganfor him and has a strong 2nd half

  58. Erik
    December 13, 2009

    Rangers are shopping Beasley for sure, but Rangers looked absolutely garbage in the Champions League so maybe he is also getting playing time because the team just isn’t very good. Nacho Novo is all I have to say.

    It’s good to see the Beas getting minutes, if he keeps playing week in and week out, he will be on the plane to South Africa. The experience of two World Cups work in his favor. I would much rather have him there than one of these Columbus Crew type of players. What’s his name? Rogers?

  59. andrew in tamp
    December 13, 2009

    the thing i like about the clip with the first goal was that after beasely made the pass, he was moving in position for the return pass for a shot on goal. he used to score those goals for the US MNT. It looks like his confidence is returning. that can only be good. remember Bease knows how to put the ball in the back of the net.

  60. tim from texas
    December 13, 2009

    harry, before you do, just don’t. And next time you think of doing, again, just don’t…ever

  61. tim from texas
    December 13, 2009

    lol the clip was a little too fuzzy for me to say if it was a handball or not, but i agree that the assist was definitely not reminiscent of his vs Ghana.

    I so hope Beasley gets back to form come World Cup time. Beasley on the right, Dempsey on the left, with Landy up top

  62. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    True. Technically speaking, that brace he scored against Cuba took us to the final round of Qualifying last week.

    The other thing is that Beasley challenged for the subsequent long ball from Bougherra. In fact I think he won it. Either way, the ball fell to the center back’s feet, who cleared it poorly straight to Beasley, leading to the goal.

  63. tim from texas
    December 13, 2009

    Robbie, and i definitely agree

  64. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    I’m not sure if people actually realize how important Beasley’s potential resurgence is to the national team with Charlie Davies now questionable for the World Cup. We’re now missing speedy player who can take players on, and cover tons of ground. If Beasley gets back into form, the question of Davies recovery, while still something weighing on the hearts and minds of US Soccer fans, might not contain as much of an impact.

  65. afc
    December 13, 2009

    Pittman scores a lot more than Jemal Johnson. Johnson has been pretty much non-existent this season. Pittman has 6 goals. He’ll get a callup at some point. He’s only 23, he has plenty of time.

  66. Isaac
    December 13, 2009

    scratch that ‘last week’ part.

  67. jig
    December 13, 2009

    i hope they have plans to use him soon, because he’s not exactly a baby. at 21, there are plenty of players that are in or around the villa first team that are much younger.

    i would love to learn why they loaned him to a side so far down the league set up. why not a championship or league one side?

  68. Lorenzo
    December 13, 2009

    I would say club is more important than league.
    To be honest I say England, Eredivise, or MLS. I think his succuess would depend more on which club than which league.

    i.e. I bet if Convey returned to LAG or HOU he’d be in better form, but he returned to SJ who shuffled him around and put too much responsability on him, when he just needed to take care of himself.

    I don’t know enough about all the clubs in europe, their coaches, or rosters, so I can only guess that if I was to pick a team for Beasley it would be LAG or Sounders. I can see Arena or Schmid “getting the most” out of a player.

  69. Lorenzo
    December 13, 2009

    Adu should return to MLS and pray it does for him what it did for Donovan. DC United seems like a team who could use a striker under 30 years old :)

  70. speekeasy
    December 13, 2009

    two concerns with that formation, which i do like:

    1) Jones not being ready or having enough time with the team to get into the starting XI. (i think he’s the key to the our midfield)

    2) I’m worried about Jozy havin to play up top by himself because he seams to struggle for club and country as a lone striker. Though he has gotten better at hold-up play according to some Hull City reviews. I’d rather pair Dempsey up top with him and let our speedy wings (Donovan and Beasely/Holden/Rogers) make runs of the two of them.

  71. speekeasy
    December 13, 2009

    Rogers impressed me against Costa Rica he’s got some pace and he’s not a bad crosser either. though Beasely’s experience defintaely would give him the edge

  72. Ryan
    December 13, 2009

    garth COOKS

  73. Ryan
    December 13, 2009


  74. mwc
    December 13, 2009

    It would be immense if Beasley could return to form. Sure, he is being shopped, but that is the best thing for him. The SPL is no league for a guy like Beasley and I will never understand him going there to begin with.

  75. Rocco
    December 13, 2009

    …complete with comical grammar and epic run-on sentences.

  76. Rocco
    December 13, 2009

    Imagine a world with an in form Davies, Donovan, and Beasley? A blitzkrieg counter attack offense that would scare any team. Ahhh what could have been, or, maybe…could be?

  77. jpc
    December 14, 2009

    Beasley looked real good yesterday. Actually was attacking the other team. I haven’t seen that out of him in over a year, maybe two… Look out Robbie Rogers, Stuart Holden, and anyone else that thinks they have a spot on the National team. Beasley at his best is a great weapon to have, It may allow Dempsey to play more centrally

  78. kawa
    December 14, 2009

    some of you guys are just plain idiots , why the heck would beasley want to transfer when he’s not starting and making good plays impressing his coach again.

  79. OmarVizquel
    December 14, 2009

    Maybe the question you should be asking yourself is: Why is Beasley miraculously starting all of the sudden, just weeks away from the transfer deadline, whereas he hasn’t been starting (or playing much) for several months?

  80. DingDong
    December 14, 2009

    Consider asking this question without insulting most of the other posters on the board.

  81. Kevin
    December 14, 2009


    In an article I read last week, Beasley is seeking a transfer. Here’s the quote from him.

    “My current situation is not ideal… it’s been frustrating,” Beasley recently told YA. “I’m looking to move away from Rangers because I want to play. It’s not that I’m not happy with the club, it’s just that I want to play. I’m only 27 and I feel like I have another six, seven or even eight years left.”

    “My options are open,” continued Beasley. “It might be a move back to Holland or maybe Spain, but it needs to be the right situation where I get a chance to play and stake my claim to Bob [Bradley] about getting back on the US national team and playing at the World Cup next summer.”

  82. DC Josh
    December 14, 2009

    Pretty good weekend for YA’s. Dissapointed with Jozy’s current form. Our number one striker should be starting. Given that he’s only 20, I cut him some slack but it’d be nice if he was on a more offensive team.

    I don’t understnd all the Beasley hate. If he can work his way back on the MNT, then kudos to him. He won’t be on the squad unless he’s playing well, which will only make the 23 spots more competitive.

    Pumped we have another MNTeamer playing consistently in DeMerit. He’ll be in top form come June, barring any injuries.

  83. mwc
    December 14, 2009

    Oh, I don’t know . . . maybe he said he wanted a transfer. What a plain idiot I am.

  84. Erik
    December 14, 2009

    He’s still too green for my taste. There is something missing in the crop of new players it seems. When Beasley and Donovan showed up at the world cup in ’02 they literally ran defenses ragged and showed no fear.

    I see fear from Rogers and some of the newer kids coming up.

  85. Josh D
    December 14, 2009

    Does Ives update this for the guys who play on Mondays? Never bothered checking as I always forget!

  86. madmax
    December 14, 2009

    I believe Beasley has played around 200 minutes (just over 2 full games) in 2009 for Rangers in SPL games.

  87. smokeminside
    December 14, 2009

    And Manny F means EVERYONE, not just soccer players.

  88. Steve
    December 14, 2009

    Hey Ives – how about Gabriel Funes and River Plate?

    Is he in any full or youth nat’l team mix, and if so, can you list him here?

  89. BrooklynFC
    December 14, 2009

    Word….. and the cross on the second clip was simply beautiful

  90. Mike in Long Island
    December 14, 2009


  91. Andrew in STL
    December 14, 2009

    Why not have more players to pull from for the World Cup? Im glad to see Beasley play well. Hopefully he can start a resurgence for Americans as these past few months have been rough with the amount of injuries that have occurred. Get Edu back, keep Davies in our prayers, and who knows what the team will look like in 6 months. I am just glad to hear good news about American players on a consistent basis recently, and hopefully the momentum will start to build.

  92. jonk
    December 14, 2009

    Speaking of Gabriel Funes, he scored a goal for River Plate the other day. video is here: link to youtube.com

  93. Pappajohn
    December 14, 2009

    What about Beasley as a striker for the USM National Team? Guus Hiddick played him forward for PSV and he did very well. He may be just as fast as Charlie Davies.

  94. Jose S.
    December 14, 2009

    Freddy Adu has to get out of Portugal right this moment!

    This is unbelievable. Belenenses has scored only 7 goals in 13 games and have only one home win and this manager won’t give Adu a shot to see if he could spark the offense? Idiot.

  95. Mike in Long Island
    December 14, 2009

    Beasley has lost a step, he’s never been a pure goal scorer, and let’s face it…. he’s rubbish…. along with Freddy…. let’s all move on.

  96. madmax
    December 14, 2009

    Agree, his 200 playing minutes wouldn’t take him through a double feature.

  97. Josh D
    December 15, 2009

    So Ives, what happened with Freddy? You should update this after Monday as well…

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