Beasley's car is destroyed in Scotland racial incident.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, February 3, 2010) -- At least DaMarcus Beasley could see the lighter side of a sad situation.
"I'm doing ok and in the market for a new car," The United States midfielder wrote on his Twitter page after his car was firebombed in Glasgow where he plays for Rangers of the Scottish Premier League. "Gotta try to find some humour. Just glad no one got hurt."
According to the police report, Beasley's BMW 650i was parked in front of his home on a residential street Tuesday when a car pulled next to his and a bomb was thrown into his vehicle, destroying it in a racist gesture. It was the second time since December 2008 that Beasley, who is African-American, had his car vandalized.
Rangers were quick to condemn Tuesday's attack. "This is a disturbing and deplorable incident and the club will do everything we can to assist the police with their investigations," the club said in a statement.
This is the second time this season that police have had to investigate an racially-tinged incident targeting an American player with Rangers. Beasley's U.S. teammate Maurice Edu was subject to racial taunts following an October match outside Rangers' Ibrox Stadium, an incident with Glasgow police are still investigating.
Beasley and Edu remain sidelined with injuries. Neither played in a 2-0 victory over St. Johnstone in a snowy Scottis League Cup semifinal tonight.
According to the Rangers' web site, Beasley is about a week away from returning from a thigh strain, while Edu will be out longer with an ankle sprain.
Altidore, Hull stun Chelsea with EPL draw
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played 86 minutes for relegation-challenged Hull City, which surprised visiting English Premier League-leading Chelsea with a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Kingston Communications Stadium.
The two sides traded first-half goals, defender Steven Mouyokolo for Hull in the 30th minute and forward Didier Drogba for Chelsea 12 minutes later.
Altidore's best moments came just after the second half began. Chelsea defender John Terry was booked for fouling Altidore when both went up for a ball. Then, Altidore was left free in the penalty area six yards out, but when he went low to head a cross, the ball came up off the top of his head and sailed over the crossbar.
Altidore was replaced by Kevin Kilbane four minutes from time.
In the English League Championship, U.S. defender Jay DeMerit, Watford's captain, went the distance in a satisfying 3-0 triumph yesterday over visiting Sheffield United at Vicarage Road Stadium.
Tonight, American forward Mike Grella played the final four minutes for Leeds United in a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League in the FA Cup's fourth round.
Leeds, of the third-tier League One, had advanced to the fourth round with an upset of Premier League power Manchester United, but Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe's hat trick was too much to overcome.
Cherundolo shoulder injury is more severe
In Germany, the shoulder injury suffered Sunday by Hannover 96's American defender Steve Cherundolo in training now appears a bit more serious then first thought and he will likely be out for six-to-seven weeks.
Cherundolo had been nursing a sore shoulder when he fell on it at a training session. The club now calls the injury a "kind of break" that will not require surgery. But needs extensive rest and rehabilitation.
Cooper moves to Plymouth Argyle
In the final hours of the January transfer window, one deal for an American was completed while another was not.
Striker Kenny Cooper has been loaned by 1860 Munich of the 2. Bundesliga to lowly Plymouth Argyle of the English League Championship, a team now coached by Paul Mariner, the long-time assistant coach of Major League Soccer's New England Revolution,
The loan is for the remainder of the season.
Cooper, 25, had missed more than two months for 1860 with a medial collateral injury suffered in mid-November. Reportedly he was nearing match fitness, but 1860 was bringing him back slowly and wanted him to compete to get back into the starting side.
Cooper wanted to play immediately to enhance his chances of making the U.S. World Cup team and Mariner offered him that opportunity. Plymouth stands 23rd in the 24-team League Championship.
"I have had some time with the national team over the last couple of years and it has left me hungry for more of those experiences, especially with the World Cup just around the corner," Cooper told reporters on his arrival in England. "I feel there's a great opportunity to play here and do well. Hopefully, that will translate into opportunities with the national team."
Mariner was familiar with Cooper from his days with FC Dallas in MLS. Cooper "is extremely concentrated on the game and knows exactly what he wants," Mariner told the British media. "He looks after himself and is a bit of a physical specimen, so everything points to a successful career for him."
Cooper will likely get his Argyle debut when West Bromwich Albion visits Home Park Saturday.
U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra was rumored to be moving across Frances Ligue 1 from Stade Rennes to Saint Etienne, which was in bad need of a left back, but a deal could not be worked out.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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