Friday, October 1, 2004
He may have been temporarily moved out of the starting eleven by PSV Eindhoven boss Guus Hiddink, but DaMarcus Beasley sure seems first choice for local journalists and the supporters.

Some U.S. Men's National Team fans have fretted over the sudden switch to fellow newcomer Jefferson Farfán after a rough Champions League outing at Arsenal two weeks ago – but Ted Gijsel, writer for official club magazine PSV Inside, figures the wiry speedster will be back in the lineup very soon.

"DaMarcus Beasley, of course, is the man who has to replace (Chelsea winger extraordinaire) Arjen Robben and I feel he has done very well," said just before kickoff against Panathinaikos Wednesday night.

"He seems almost as quick as Robben. He seems to have fun playing football. He's not afraid to make mistakes. He dares to take the initiative. He dares to play football, and I think there is a future for him."

Despite this reporter's purely journalistic hope of finding at least one person willing to criticize the former Chicago Fire man for the sake of balance, the Philips Stadion faithful were basically echoing Gijsel's words out on Fredriklaan.

"He hasn't too many matches, but from what I have seen he is a very good player," said Dorien Janssen. "He has good technique, and has already scored goals for PSV. I think after some time, we will have a good player." Before she could even finish, nearby friend Evelyn Tulip was nodding in agreement: "He is a good buy."

"He's done quite good so far," offered Chrisjon Kruizinga. "I don't think he has the skills yet to replace Robben, but he tries to pass his man and he makes a good assist."

Gijsel was clearly not surprised by the reaction on the street, and suggested that Beasley's personable demeanor has combined with his on-field qualities to make the #11 shirt a fast favorite in Eindhoven.

"At first, the fans did not know him well, but he has a very friendly look on his face, a youthful look," he posited. "He's a nice guy, both feet on the ground, very natural, and I think they respond very well to him."