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.