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Who Replaces Beasley for the US?

DaMarcus Beasley’s injury for Rangers in this week’s Champions League action opens the door for several left footed players in the US National Team setup while Beasley is nursing his injury over the next several months. Eric Wynalda pointed out on CSRN’s “Around the League” this week that during the during the qualification process it is beneficial to have veteran players in the squad who can handle hostile atmospheres and understand the critical nature of getting a result. That would lead me to believe Eddie Lewis should be the first choice replacement for Beasley, but some other potential replacements are available.

 

Eddie Lewis (Derby County)

A veteran of two World Cups, and a Confederations Cup in 1999 if the obvious replacement. Lewis won’t be around in World Cup 2010 but his pace is still there and his crossing ability is the best of any active National Team player pool member.

Bobby Convey (Reading)

Always seemingly injured, Convey’s skill and confidence seem to have regressed in the past. Time is running out on Convey though he is still only 24.

Brad Davis (Houston)

He hasn’t been capped since scoring the winning PK in the Gold Cup final in 2005. Davis is a nice player on the MLS level but he isn’t international quality.

Justin Mapp (Chicago)

Plagued by injuries and inconsistency, Mapp is a natural left footed players whose skill set is well suited for international play. Mapp however no longer seems like the best young option out wide on the left thanks to the names below him on this list.

Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas)

Steve Morrow moved him wide to the right this year due to the signing of Juan Toja where he flourished. Still he’s a left footer who could do well on the left flank for the US National Team

Stuart Holden    (Houston)

The Scottish born Holden signed with Sunderland a few years back before he was mugged in Newcastle. He returned home to Houston and has flourished on the left side this year with the Dynamo. At 22, he may not be ready yet to fill the shoes of Beasley and Lewis but now is the time to get him some work in friendlies.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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2 Responses to Who Replaces Beasley for the US?

  1. eplnfl says:

    Just when things were going great for Beasley this injury comes upon him. Lucky for two things here. The injury did not come in 2008 or 2009 and as pointed out above the US can turn to a lot of different players to fill the gap. The list points out what many people say about the US squad, depth is a strong point. While Beasley is a great talent, two or three of the above names can use this opportunity to become a star. I must say that I have thought Bob Bradely’s handling of Beasley since becoming coach has been great.

    So, while I’m disappointed for Beasley I am excited to see what other talent we can develop. By choice, Mapp, I’m from Chicago.

  2. iamhannah says:

    I would have to say Bobby Convey, when he’s not injured he is just what the US need with his good runs down the line. Eddie Lewis I think we need to look for some new blood in the team. If not Convey then Alvarez.

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