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Onyewu, staying at Standard, misses first two games with ankle injury.

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Stewart returns to NAC Breda to become technical director.

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Americans Abroad

Beasley hopes move to England will revive career prospects.

DaMarcus Beasley
DaMarcus Beasley hopes his career will get a fresh start at Manchester City.
-- PSV Eindhoven web site photo --
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Thursday, August 31, 2006) -- United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, whose career had stalled in the Netherlands, received a new lease on life today when PSV Eindhoven loaned him to Manchester City of the English Premier League for the remainder of the 2006-07 season.

Beasley's contract runs through the summer of 2008 and City has the option to keep him for the full length of the pact.

Beasley will join U.S. World Cup teammate Claudio Reyna at City, which moved to strengthen its left flank. The team started the Premiership season at 1-1-1, one of six teams tied for fifth place with four points.

Beasley, 24, reported to Manchester today and must undergo a medical exam before the deal is final. Given his status as a regular with the U.S. men, he was able to get a work permit, an obstacle that faces many Americans hoping to play in England, including U.S. striker Josh Wolff.

Wolff, who plays for the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer, had a transfer to Derby County of the second-tier English League Championship negated because his request for a work permit and subsequent appeal were both turned down.

Beasley's future at PSV had been clouded by the hiring of manager Ronald Koeman, who stressed the importance of Dutch players almost exclusively representing the two-time defending Eredivisie champion. This position was demonstrated today when PSV signed Netherlands' native striker Patrick Kluivert on the final day of the current transfer window.

Allowed to report late to training camp because of his participation in this summer's World Cup, Beasley strained a hamstring and did not dress for either match as Eindhoven opened 1-1.

Beasley had hoped that his performance at the World Cup would help him gain a transfer to a better league in Europe. An important contributor to the U.S. run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, Beasley was not impressive in this year's Cup, though he did have a bright moment when he perfectly led Clint Dempsey for an equalizing tally in the closing 2-1 loss to Ghana. To make matters worse, Beasley complained to the media before the quadrennial tournament commenced, saying manager Bruce Arena had not properly explained his role to him and he wasn't being used properly.

Still, Beasley was granted his wish by being sent to one of Europe's top leagues.

Beasley was acquired by PSV from MLS's Chicago Fire in July 2004 for a reported $2.5 million transfer fee and since then, the club captured two Eredivise championships, as well as wining the 2004-05 Amstel Cup title and advancing to the European Champions League semifinals that season.

Beasley had 12 goals in 44 games, including four tallies in the Champions League, as a rookie, but tailed off to four goals last season. His playing time diminished late in the season, though manager Guus Hiddink, who departed to coach Russia's national team, experimented with a 4-3-3 formation with Beasley manning the left side of the front line.

Beasley's also suffered the indignity of being arrested for driving under the influence following a January 16 traffic stop and he was fined $1,852 during an April 21 court hearing. It was the second time during his PSV tenure he had been stopped for erratic driving.


Wolff transfer falls through

Josh Wolff
Josh Wolff's attempt to move to Derby County in England ran afoul of work permit requirements.
-- U.S. Soccer Federation web site photo --
Derby had agreed to pay MLS a reported transfer fee of $500,000 and had agreed to terms with Josh Wolff before it ran afoul of the English Home Office.

For a player to automatically be issued a work permit, he must have played in 75 percent of his nation's "official" matches, meaning those in major competitions, and the country must be ranked among the top 70 in the world rankings. According to the English government calculations, Wolff, a veteran of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, came up short.

As is often the case, Derby expected its initial application to be turned down, but hoped to be successful on appeal. Bruce Arena, who was Wolff's manager in both World Cup, served as a reference for the bid, as did David Moyes, manager of the Premier League Everton where Wolff had been on trial in January.

Derby manager Billy Davies had tried for weeks to obtain Wolff, 29, and it was believed the EPL's Southampton and Sheffield United were also interested.

"We are especially disappointed as it was Billy's belief that he would have formed the perfect partner for (striker) Steve Howard," Derby managing director Mike Horton said on the club's web site. To The Evening Telegraph web site, he said, "We are very, very disappointed by the decision because weeks of work went into trying to sign the player. It's very frustrating because Josh has played about 17 friendlies for the USA this year, but none of them count towards a work permit."

Wolff has 48 international appearances for the U.S., including 32 starts, producing nine goals and five assists. He played in two games in the 2002 Cup, including starting against Mexico in the Round of 16, but was limited to playing the final 13 minutes of the opening 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic in this summer's Germany 2006.

For permit purposes, Wolff played in 11 of the 25 "official" internationals in the last 24 months, Of all U.S. outings, he played in 10 of 13 in 2006, 10 of 20 in 2005 and eight of 15 in 2004.

Playing his first five MLS seasons for the Chicago Fire and the last four in Kansas City, Wolff has 58 goals and 33 assists in 158 games. Additionally, he has one goal and one assist in 11 playoff outings. In 2006, he has four goals in 13 matches, having missed time at the start of the season as the result of a concussion suffered in a March U.S. friendly against Germany

Another MLS player whose transfer to England fell through was New England Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey. The Premier League's Charlton Athletic, which already employs U.S. defender Cory Gibbs, reportedly made a $1.5 million offer to obtain the temperamental Texas native, but MLS turned it down.

Dempsey has been suspended three times in 2006. In the preseason, the Revolution sat him down for two weeks for his role in a training scuffle with teammate Joe Franchino. The league suspended him for two games and fined $1,000 this month for catching Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad in the face with an elbow. Last month, MLS suspended him for one match and fined him $750 for a "violent incident" against Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares during a game.

Dempsey's MLS contract expires after this season. Angry that the league didn't allow the transfer to go through, he apparently can't leave the U.S. league fast enough, determined never to return.


Here and there

  • American striker Jeremiah White has scored four goals in FC Gueugnon's first six Ligue 2 games in France, but has not convinced manager Victor Zvunka he belongs in the starting lineup. Three of White's tallies came in a 3-0 victory over Montpellier three weeks ago.

  • Defender Tighe Dombrowski who had a brief trial with MLS's San Jose Earthquakes\Houston Dynamo, has a goal and four assists with FC Sirius of Sweden's third-tier Division 1.

    Dombrowski, who played his college ball at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was a stalwart in the lineup before sitting out Sunday's 1-0 decision over Vasalund/Essinge with a yellow-card suspension.

  • Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar, a Canadian, passed up his senior season at Hartwick College to sign a two-year contract with ADO Den Haag of the Dutch Eredivisie.

    Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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