RECAP: DUNDEE UNITED 0 - 3 RANGERS
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
DaMarcus Beasley may have scored the goal of the season for Rangers who easily drilled Dundee United on Tuesday evening at Tannadice Park in Dundee.

Beasley started his third match in a row for head coach Walter Smith and went the first 82 minutes before yielding his spot to Steven Naismith. The strike from the Indiana native was his first goal of the season. Beasley also added his second assist of the season in the second half.

Like this past Saturday's win over St. Johnstone, Beasley started at right midfielder and wreaked havoc on the Arabs all evening long including an early first half volley that required a solid save out of United goalkeeper Nicky Weaver. Also on display from Beasley were his defensive skills which forced several key turnovers from the hosts.

But what US national team fans will be talking about in the build up towards selection for next summer's World Cup is the goal that the former PSV Eindhoven man scored in the 26th minute.

Beasley gathered in a ball on the right flank and started towards goal when he stopped and curled in a left-footed laser from 30 yards out into the top left corner of the net. The effort was a reminder to US Soccer fans that Beasley is very much alive and well and ready to fight for his spot in South Africa next summer.

However just minutes after his strike, Beasley was brought down with a harsh foul by United defender Darren Dods, the same player who took down Maurice Edu with a tackle last May that has kept the California native out of action now for nearly six months. Luckily the ex-Chicago Fire player slowly got to his feet and returned to action.

Twelve minutes into the second half, the Light Blues added another goal when Nacho Novo sent over a perfect cross to Kenny Miller who easily tapped a shot past Weaver to double the margin.

Miller would garner his second goal of the evening in the 74th minute as Beasley fed in a pass from the right side to the striker who wheeled and first a shot past a flailing Weaver.

Eight minutes after the assist, Beasley was substituted off the field to chants of "USA! USA!" by the visiting fans who have now seen Beasley and Rangers tally six goals in their last two Scottish Premier League matches.

The result for Rangers lifts them to first place above Celtic in the SPL standings by one point with a home contest next on the docket for Smith's men on Saturday versus Motherwell.
sudzy
Wednesday December 16, 2009 7:34 pm
Way to go Beas! His health goes a long way in determining his success. Given the opportunity, Beasley will earn his place back, just in time!
Floyd
Wednesday December 16, 2009 1:24 pm
Anyone who has been around serious athletes (regardless of the sport)realize that once the skill and opportunity is there, its confidence that takes over. Once Beas got healthy it was just a matter of time before the player we have seen since he was a teenager begins to do his thing. I just hope BB is watching.
dude
Wednesday December 16, 2009 12:57 pm
We're marveling now because the change of form is so spectacular. Don't drink the kool-aid yet. There's a reason this guy was a starter who played horrendously in 2006 and the confed cup. His level of confidence changes That quickly. He could easily be back to awful by the world cup (a six month span), and anyone who says differently isn't thinking objectively about the stability of the team. This is how he hamstrings you. Keep his nose to the grindstone a bit longer, even if eventually we bring him back.
Dan
Wednesday December 16, 2009 11:56 am
Beas at R mid, Donovan at L mid, both with freedom to roam, Dempsey up top with Jozy. Bradley and Edu/Clark/Jones/Feilhaber in the center of the park. Suddenly an in form front 6 looks pretty darn good. Get well Gooch and Demerit. CD9 as a change of pace sub??? A boy can wish, can't he?
UASKD4iT
Wednesday December 16, 2009 4:10 am
I think so, Beasley has played in two world cups, as long as he is playing well he will be a huge asset for us.
Ryan
Tuesday December 15, 2009 9:12 pm
So one must ask...should he get a second look from BB? Where on Earth did this new form come from??? Geez.
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