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Bundesliga Adds Another American Star

DeMarcus Beasley

 

American national team midfielder DeMarcus Beasley, 28, has signed a two-year contract with Bundesliga side Hannover 96 after spending the last three seasons with Glasgow Rangers. 

Beasley, who has 93 caps for the USMNT and has scored 17 goals for the red, white and blue, will join fellow American national teammate Steve Cherundolo at Hannover.  The Bundesliga also boasts American stars such as Michael Bradley at Borussia Monchengladbach, Ricardo Clark at Eintracht Frankfurt, Jermiane Jones at Schalke 04 along with Daniel Williams at FC Freiburg and Jared Jeffrey at Mainz 05.  Bundesliga 2 is home to American goalkeepers David Yelldell of MSC Duisburg and Luis Robles of Karlsruher SC,  forward Kenny Cooper of 1860 Munich and defender Ameichi Igwe of FC Ingolstadt 04.  Former St. Louis University forward Vedad Ibisevic, who plays internationally for Bosnia and Herzegovinia, stars for 1899 Hoffenheim.  

The speedy Beasley played 98 games for the Chicago Fire early in the decade, before heading overseas to join PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.   Beasley was an important member of PSV’s title-winning club and scored 10 goals in 56 games with PSV.  Beasley was also the first American to play in the semifinal stages of the UEFA Champions League, against AC Milan.  Beasley scored four goals in 12 CL matches for PSV. 

After a short loan spell with Manchester City, Beasley joined Rangers for the 2007-2008 season.   Injuries have held the left-winger down during his time in Glasgow, limiting him to 29 matches with Rangers,  but he was a member of two Rangers’ Scottish Premier League title winners.  Beasley also carries the honor of representing the United States in three World Cup tournaments. 

Hannover 96, who generally feature in the bottom half of the Bundesliga table, are off to a great start in the new season, winning both of its matches, including this weekend’s big road win over Schalke 04.  Beasley will wear #16 for Coach Mirko Slomka’s Hannover 96 team.

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