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Americans Abroad - 1st Half Analysis - Midfielders (12/17)
DaMarcus Beasley #11 (PSV Eindhoven) - DaMarcus has easily been the busiest of all the American’s playing abroad. He has appeared in 14 league games making 8 starts. DMB has scored 4 goals (RBC Roosendaal, FC Groningen, @Vitesse Arnheim, @Feyenoord) including his Eredivisie debut in a win at RBC Roosendaal. He has also appeared in 7 games in Champions League play starting 5 of them. He has scored 3 goals in the competition against Panathinaikos, Crvena Zvezda, and the game winner against Rosenborg. Beasley has also found time during his stay at PSV to make 5 appearances for the national team starting all 5 (Panama, @ElSalvador, @Panama, ElSalvador, @Jamaica). Continuing his busy season, keep in mind that he played in 15 games for the Chicago Fire (0g , 3a) in the 2004 season beginning this past April. Also, keep in mind that he has 9 more appearances for the National side (4 goals) during his time with the Fire.

He has been sharing time in the starting lineup for PSV with Peruvian midfielder Jefferson Farfan. DaMarcus has scored 6 goals in all competitions for PSV. I’d say that he been quite successful this season. He has been in the matchday squad for every game since he arrived in Eindhoven. He has played the full 90 minutes 4 times. I believe that Guus Hiddink is trying to pace the youngster so that he can be fit for the stretch run in both league and European play. DaMarcus is probably looking forward to the winter break in Holland more than anyone. PSV will play their last league game of the first half on December 18th against Roda JC and will not play again until January 22nd against Ernie Stewart’s former club NAC Breda. PSV is currently tops in the Eredivisie after 16 games with 42 points (13 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses). They are just three points clear of 2nd place AZ Alkmaar. It’ll be his first considerable time off since the 2003 MLS Cup in November of 2003 when he did not appear in a game until USMNT friendly against Denmark on January 18th of this year. He has appeared in a total of 45 games in all play amassing 11 goals.

In play this week, DaMarcus scored the 3rd goal in a wild 3-3 draw at Feyenoord. Beasley scored in the 70th minute to give PSV a 3-1 lead. Defender Andre Ooijer found DMB who proceeded to bury his shot off the far post and in for his 7th goal of the season. He went the distance in this game as PSV were unable to hold on to their two goal lead. PSV now has its opponent for the next round of the Champions League. They have been matched up with last season’s runner-ups Monaco. The first leg will take place on February 22nd at the Phillipsstadion with return leg being on March 9th at the Stade Louis II.

Notes of Interest: In 98 career games for the Chicago Fire (00-04), DaMarcus scored 14 goals and had 20 assists.

Eddie Lewis #17 (Preston North End) – Eddie has made 21 league appearances (20 starts) so far this season. The former San Jose midfielder has scored 2 goals (Millwall, @Coventry) in league play. Lewis also leads Preston with 6 yellow cards. He has also appeared in two Carling Cup games. Lewis has also made 4 appearances for the National Team (Panama, @El Salvador, @Panama, @ Jamaica) including a start in the clincher (6-0) against Panama where he got an assist.

Eddie has been a fixture on the left side of midfield for Preston the last three seasons. He is counted on to provide crosses for the Preston forwards. It’s been a very eventful season for Preston as they have changed managers (Craig Brown to Billy Davies) after just a handful of games, sold their most prolific striker (Ricardo Fuller to Portsmouth), already eliminated (by Everton) from the Carling Cup, and are struggling at mid table in the Coca-Cola League Championship (English First Division). The boys from Deepdale have accumulated just 29 points from 23 games and sit in a 3-way tie (Plymouth, Watford) for 14th place which is 18 points behind Wigan. As a club in the Championship, especially one without deep pockets, I’m not sure how much they can do in the transfer market. They did recently sign former Rotherham midfielder Chris Sedgewick. In season’s past, this team had trouble keeping the opposition from scoring in bunches. This season, they are having trouble scoring as well.

This past week, Eddie started against Burnley in a 2-0 loss. Eddie had the ball taken off his feet by the keeper Brian Jensen in the 27th minute. He also had a chance later on via a free kick with was denied by Jensen once again. Lewis was dangerous all day but was unable to convert his chances and his teammates were unable to finish on any of his passes. Preston will be home to West Ham this Saturday.

Notes of Interest: Eddie has scored 14 goals for Preston in two and a half seasons.

Claudio Reyna #6 (Manchester City) – Claudio would normally be the first American to be mentioned when speaking of successful Yanks in Europe. Claudio has been first choice in the center of midfield for manager Kevin Keegan. In what has been a common occurrence over the last few seasons, Reyna has missed quite a bit of time due a myriad of injuries. This season, the former US captain has made just 7 appearances (6 starts) for City with the last being November 13th against Brad Freidel’s Blackburn Rovers where he was injured and has remained out the lineup since. He has also made three appearances for the National Side (@Panama, El Salvador, @Jamaica).

Manchester City currently sit 13th place with 20 points from 17 games. They are already 20 points behind leaders Chelsea. City will be on the road at Bolton this Saturday.

Notes of Interest: Claudio has also played for Sunderland, Rangers, Vfl Wolfsburg, & Bayer Leverkusen.

Clint Mathis #15 (Hannover 96) – Clint has had the most disappointing season of our guys in Europe. He only appeared in 4 league games (3 starts) and one German Cup game. He scored a goal against Schalke in the game that featured the infamous “Watch Gesture”. He hasn’t played in a game for Hannover since September 28th. He did make three appearances for the National Team (@El Salvador, @Panama, El Salvador).

Clint has no future at Hannover. He has had a major falling out with the club and is being shopped around as we speak. The rumors seem to point to a return stateside with Real Salt Lake in MLS. What a terrible situation for a man with such incredible talent and potential that should be playing week in and week out in Europe. Let’s hope Clint gets himself together wherever he ends up playing.

Notes of Interest: Clint has scored 36 goals and 36 assists in 102 games in MLS (Metrostars, Galaxy).

Bobby Convey #17 (Reading) – Bobby has appeared in 16 games (3 starts) for Reading. The former DC United player has also appeared in two Carling Cup games (1 start). He has also made one appearance for the US National team. Convey made 10 appearances for DC United before the transfer. He also played in 8 eight games for the National side during his time with DC.

Bobby has been in the matchday squad for Reading for just about every game. At this point, he is having trouble breaking into the starting lineup. He seems to be getting no more than a token 5-10 minute appearance at the end of games. Convey has made just one appearance in the last four games. Reading is having a fine season sitting 4th in the Coca-Cola Championship with 41 points from 23 games. The Royals are just 6 points off the pace being set by Wigan.

Reading will be at home to QPR this Saturday.

Notes of Interest: Bobby has scored 8 goals and 16 assists in 89 career games in MLS (00-04)

Brian West #11 (Fredrikstad) – Brian West had a pretty successful season for Fredrikstad. The former Columbus Crew man appeared in 20 games (18 starts) for the Norwegian club. Brian had 5 goals this season including a brace @Bodø/Glimt. He also scored the game-winner in the return match at home against Bodø/Glimt. West had one appearance in the Norwegian cup. Fredrikstad avoided relegation and will be playing in the Norwegian top flight again next season.

Notes of Interest: Brian West scored 18 goals and had 29 assists for the Columbus Crew (98-03).
December 17, 2004 Asif Ali


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