DaMarcus Beasley

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 13:  DaMarcus Beasley #7 of the Houston Dynamo in action during their game against the Orlando City SC at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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MLS Snapshot: Vancouver 1-1 Houston — Beasley, Rivero trade beauties (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Vancouver is a long way from Houston. That could’ve been a problem for a Dynamo team that had yet to see a road point through six games. DaMarcus Beasley made sure to put the Dynamo on the front foot with a goal that turned back the hands of time and, after a shoving match between Alex and Pedro Morales left both sides down a man, Octavio Rivero scored an outside of the foot goal to level things up. Russell Teibert was an artistic passing machine for the ‘Caps, and both Tyler Deric and David Ousted made terrific stops as it ended 1-1.

Three moments that mattered

20′ — Beasley scores a beauty — This run, dribble and finish is something this man has done many-a-time in his long and storied career.

42′ — Alex and Morales trade shoves, see red — No reason for this, fellas.

52′ — Rivero scores an attractive equalizer — A measured, bending shot from a man capable of authoring beauty with his feet.

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Man of the match: Russell Teibert

Goal scorers: Beasley (20′), Rivero (52′)

Thrilled by USMNT prospects, Picault enjoying “freedom” at St. Pauli

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A few weeks back, we asked “Who is Fafa Picault?” and gave you the lowdown on the USMNT-eligible attacker for FC St. Pauli.

Now we’re hearing from the man himself thanks to American Soccer Now.

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He’s feeling well, thriving in a center forward-type role (He’s also played on the right and a bit on the left).

From American Soccer Now:

“I’m happy with the recent performances,” Picault told American Soccer Now from Hamburg. “I started out well when I first got to the club. It slowed down a bit. I felt a bit out of position. We had more of a defensive approach to the game. It wasn’t really fitting my style. With a few injuries I was able to be the sole striker up top.

“That is exactly what I needed: freedom. So I can express my speed and creativity to look to score or get assists and just be myself. It allows me to be me.”

The Brian Sciaretta-typed piece includes plenty of nuggets on Picault, including which USMNT player has served as his mentor. Read on.

USMNT: Klinsmann talks Beasley, Sept. friendlies, Howard as No. 2 keeper


The Yanks will go marching into their two September friendlies with two long-time stars in the fold and one eye on October’s Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico.

Tim Howard is back in the fold for the States, albeit as Brad Guzan’s back-up for now, while DaMarcus Beasley’s return from international retirement may not be the one-off “sendoff” match many suspected.

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Klinsmann talked about both players and the big Rose Bowl match-up with Mexico with USSoccer.com:

On Howard as his No. 2: “He knew it was not going to be easy to come back because obviously Brad Guzan established himself as the number one and played a very good tournament and the whole year he really did a good job. Tim has accepted for the time being to be the number two, and then down the road there will be a fight for the number one spot like in every position. He accepted that, and we are really happy to have him back on board because of who he is and what he has done for us.”

source: APOn Beasley: “He made himself available for the Gold Cup and it didn’t work out the way we all wanted it with his injury after the first training session. So we had that conversation and I asked him to reconsider the National Team and he was all fired up. He was all proud and happy and he said ‘I’m there for the U.S. National Team’.”

On the playing a Brazil with Neymar and Kaka: “We want to do well. We want to excite the fans and play two very good games, and at the same time we want to see the players perform. We want to see the players make statements towards the Mexico game, because that is really the biggest game of the year now after what happened at the Gold Cup. So it will be very interesting.”

How long do you think Guzan’s status as U.S. No. 1 is secure? Will one “off” game put Howard between the sticks? Do you expect Howard back for the Mexico match?

Beasley’s out of retirement as Klinsmann makes trio of moves for Gold Cup’s knockout rounds

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01: DaMarcus Beasley of the United States challenges Divock Origi of Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona and Alan Gordon are now member of this summer’s USMNT Gold Cup squad, as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks to tidy up his squad a messy but successful group stage.

Gone are Jozy Altidore, Greg Garza and Alfredo Morales. Altidore “just wasn’t there yet”, according to Klinsmann.

Klinsmann is probably looking to push Fabian Johnson forward with the addition of Beasley, Houston’s dynamic left back who also can play as a winger. Beasley had been retired from international play for less than a year, and will look to build on his 121 caps and 17 goals.

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Morales has struggled mightily for the USMNT on several occasions, and Monday’s tie with Panama might’ve been his toughest outing yet. In adding Corona, Klinsmann snares a Gold Cup winner who’s scored twice in the tournament.

Garza leaves after being a last-minute replacement for Brad Davis. Gordon gives Klinsmann cover at forward, and the big 33-year-old striker has only one cap for the U.S. (in 2012 against Antigua & Barbuda, where he picked up an assist).

The Gordon move will confuse some, but the big add is Beasley. His experience and leadership is invaluable, and he can be a marked upgrade in certain situations.

#TBT: DaMarcus Beasley’s Houston Dynamo teammates got the USMNT legend good

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By now we’ve all seen the New York Times‘ (in?)famous — I’m not sure which variation of the word to use here, to be honest — pre-2002 World Cup photoshoot featuring the World Cup-bound U.S. national team.

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I’m talking about this one (if you’ve somehow never seen it, click that link). Yes, it’s been 13 years since those brave men partook in perhaps the most memorable — for all the wrong reasons — and seductive photoshoot in American soccer history, but we’re all still a bit scarred by the looks in the eyes of Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Pablo Mastroeni, Clint Mathis and…well, just about every other member of that legendary team.

DaMarcus Beasley, then-19 years old, was a member of that team. His contribution to that particular series of photos was this photo. While that day will never cease to haunt Beasley and his former teammates, much of the world has since forgotten.

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Except, of course, Beasley’s Houston Dynamo teammates. On Thursday, some jokester in the Dynamo locker room decided it was time to celebrate “Throwback Thursday,” a popular trend on Twitter (#TBT), with a trip down memory lane. This was done in the form of t-shirts, worn by every member of the team, with Beasley striking his now-trademark relaxed pose.

Look, we’ve all kicked back in our favorite comfy chair and done “the DaMarcus” before. If you’re staring at the screen and saying to yourself, “I haven’t,” you’re a liar. It’s more comfortable than should be legal.

The difference: when you, or me, or your friends do it, we’re not wearing a $530 (in 2002) v-neck shirt that nearly touches our navel, or a a diamond-encrusted chain with our jersey number sitting front and center, while staring seductively into a camera lens for a photoshoot at one of the country’s biggest publications.

DaMarcus was young, DaMarcus made a mistake — they all made mistakes — but he must have done something right, because we’re still talking about it 13 years later. Well played, Dynamo prankster, and thanks for the trip down memory lane.