May 21, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT
Jurgen Klinsmann has made it clear that he sees little benefit in extended rest and relaxation windows for members of the United States national team pool.
There isn’t, at least, if they would like to be members in good standing of the United States national team pool.
DaMarcus Beasley (pictured at right) has heard the message, apparently.
The left-sided U.S. international (and one of increasing importance … keep reading) is training with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League, the second tier of pro soccer in the United States.
Beasley just completed his second year with Puebla of Liga MX, and if he were to make a move it probably wouldn’t be into domestic soccer’s second tier.
Rather, this is about his relationship with Strikers manager Daryl Shore, who was the goalkeeper coach in Chicago when Beasley made his name with Major League Soccer’s Fire.
And it’s obviously about Beasley’s desire to stay fit and sharp in the run-up to the next U.S. camp, which opens Sunday in Cleveland. Remember, the U.S. left back position is pretty thin at the moment, with Fabian Johnson remaining in Germany for the time being and Edgar Castillo also tied up.
We talked about Johnson’s absence here. As for Castillo (and Tijuana teammate Joe Corona, who is also in the extended U.S. player pool): they are involved in a Copa Liberatadores series against Brazil’s Atlético Mineiro. The second leg is set for May 29, same day the United States meets Belgium in Cleveland.
According to U.S. Soccer officials, national team assistant Martin Vasquez has been in touch with Shore, who has issued good reports on Beasley.
The U.S. national team schedule (up to the Gold Cup matches later this summer):
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Apr 23, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 8:04 AM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 7:32 AM EDT
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Apr 23, 2014, 6:12 AM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT
Chelsea boss has a big job on his hands ahead of the second leg:
Apr 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT
Mourinho’s approach; Lampard’s card; and the Blues’ two big injuries.
Apr 22, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT
Chelsea do a job on Atleti, as everything’s up for grabs in the second leg:
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