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Beasley Goal, Edu Assist

USA midfielder Maurice Edu sets up compatriot DaMarcus Beasley for the first goal in Glasgow Rangers' 2-2 friendly tie with AC Milan at Ibrox. David Beckham plays the first half for Milan.

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , U.S. men's national team  
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Some rare good news for the two Americans. Hope it leads to more playing time.

And Becks even pulls in crowds in Glasgow. 45k for a winter friendly!?!

Posted by: Kev29 | February 4, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice work, that's the way to respond to getting some minutes.

Posted by: pateyler | February 4, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

highlights link anyone?

Posted by: andrew23 | February 4, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall a report of Adu doing well in a friendly last month -- also against a Serie A side. He's still not playing in games that count. Sorry, I won't get too excited about this. There was a deal for Beasley to move on, but it fell through at the last moment. Most likely, he's in purgatory until the next transfer window. Edu, too. I'd be thrilled if either or both got back into the lineup, but....

Posted by: fischy | February 4, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Guzan in Goal in Villa's FA Cup win.

Posted by: Beckster1 | February 4, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Edu had the turnover that led to the first Milan goal, and his exit from the game.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 4, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Guzan in Goal in Villa's FA Cup win.

Posted by: Beckster1 | February 4, 2009 5:49 PM

And Everton beats Liverpool 1-0 w a goal from young Gosling late in extra time. Howard in goal.

I watched the final bit on a computer feed but they lost the game signal at the crucial moment and were suddenly showing a commercial featuring a hummingbird. It was a perfectly nice bird but unfortunately they missed the decisive goal (they did have plenty of replays when they got the signal back).

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 4, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah yeah, whatever.

Special-1 TV is here! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | February 4, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Beckham finally mann-ed up and admitted that he wants to stay at Milan

Posted by: Shanoni | February 4, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

WELL DONE BOYS! and just in time for Mexico

Posted by: Shanoni | February 4, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mattygp | February 4, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the linky Juan-John.
I get a feeling the show is actually going to start being funny now that they're "syndicated"....

Posted by: DadRyan | February 4, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall Dempsey having an extended time on the bench . . . seems more of a natural rotation unless you are an absolutely top flight/uninjured player.

EDU is only 22. He has some time to make the 11.

Beasley would be a useful pick up for lots of squads---particularly coming off the bench.

Posted by: delantero | February 4, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Good, both played. Its too bad that they're not able to play the level suitable for the SPL; Oh wait they are more than capable, just not being given the chance. Go on the boys.

Posted by: Dipssince78 | February 4, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse


Adu has made the bench a couple times since that game against Juventus, at least. It's not much progress, but it's something. The brass at Rangers has said they like how Edu is coming along; he should stay and try to win a spot. It seems like they're open to using him.

Beasley, however, is not a developing youngster and should be pretty frustrated that he's still there. I don't know if his agents didn't do enough to get him a spot somewhere, or if he had his sights set too high, but someone made a mistake in letting the whole window go by before a deal was close. If they had a deal fall through 2 weeks ago, he'd still have had time to either shore that same deal up and make the move, or find another suitor. All he can do now is train hard and hope that Smith suddenly decides he was wrong in keeping him on the bench for so long. I guess it's obvious that I'm pretty disappointed he's still there. The last thing the US needs is established starters sitting in the stands while their club plays.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 4, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

On Beckham -- If I understand this, he can walk later this year, anyway, right? He says he wants to be in Milan so he can be in the England mix in 2010. And, he's under contract for anther 3 seasons....

Instead of bringing him back -- which will be a bad situation -- or simply selling him outright to Milan -- which will be a huge blow to MLS, even though it will bring in some bucks -- why not offer him an extended loan? Milan would play good money to get Becks for the next year and a half, I'm sure. Then, MLS could get him back for the last year of his contract.

True, it's hardly ideal for anyone. Becks is being diplomatic, but playing top-flight soccer has to be addictive. He isn't anxious to ever come back. And, it's kinda restrictive for the Gals. If they go out and get a new DP, they know that they're getting Becks back in the summer of 2010, or early 2011. Hard to plan for that. But, it would allow the league to get Becks after his final World Cup. And, by then, the league will probably allow for 2 DPs.

What's the payoff for Becks? Well, a year and a half from now, his hefty price tag might not seem so attractive to AC Milan, given his age. He'll probably be looking for a new club anyway. Why not give LA (and Hollywood) another try?

Posted by: fischy | February 4, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

@ Chest -- It would be great if Edu could make a mark with Rangers. They're in European play every year. I continue to hope, and I'm cheered by news that the coaches think he's progressing.

As for Beas -- I don't know what happened, or whom to blame. The YA page is hinting that the Gals were clearing salary cap room to bring him to LA. Not the best place for him to land, especially if Donovan moves on. However, if Landycakes comes back for a farewell tour -- they're one heckuva an exciting combo. If he gets to score regularly, he might catch more European attention than he's doing right now....

Adu - I know...he's still young. But, Gosling just scored for Everton against Liverpool, and he just turned 19. Freddy's got to find a place where he can play, even if it's not a 1st Division team.

Posted by: fischy | February 4, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't twitter but Kyle says he'll be twitterin' away at 2pm eastern tomorrow when DCU plays Vejle Boldklub... sooo, if ya twitter here it is:

Who gives two craps about Becks? What up with Landon getting up in some Champions League? He's eligible... right?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 4, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

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