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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

DaMarcus Beasley: A Yank Abroad in the Champions League

Last month, he became the first American to score a goal for two different teams in the UEFA Champions League. In April 2005, he became the first American to compete at the semi-final stage of the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven.

DaMarcus Beasley, 25, is a native of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He has been in the US Men's National Team player pool since 2001, and has competed at two World Cups. He has 70 caps, along with 15 goals for the United States. He began his professional career with the Chicago Fire of MLS.

Presently, he plays for Coach Walter Smith. At PSV, he played under Coach Guus Hiddink. He had a brief stay in the Premiership at Manchester City, where he was coached by Stuart Pearce. Beasley may be one of the few Yanks Abroad to have played for such respected international coaches. Last night in France, he scored the third goal in a very impressive display by Rangers Glasgow (0 x 3) against the French champion, Lyon. His next test in the Champions League will be against Barcelona.

These milestones bode well for American soccer. We need more players to experience Champions League football, which many believe may be a higher competitive level than the World Cup.

Best wishes to DaMarcus and Rangers.

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