Beasley bids farewell to Glasgow Rangers after late benching.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, May 13, 2010) -- United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley says he is leaving Glasgow Rangers. After not dressing for Rangers' season finale against Motherwell -- a 3-3 draw -- Beasley said on Twitter: "Yes Im leaving for everyone that asked. Will never forget my time at RANGERS!! Thanks for all the messages from the best fans in the world! Will always have love for Glasgow and of course RANGERS!! time to open a new chapter in my book! Look forward to the upcomin months!!"
By not playing in either of the Rangers' last two matches, Beasley appears to have fallen one appearance short of enough to earn a winners' medal for playing on the team that won the Scottish Premier League championship.
He last appeared May 1 when he came off the bench in the 27th minute to replace injured midfielder Kevin Thomson when Rangers defeated host Dundee United 2-1 at Tannadice Park. He did not appear three days later when visiting Rangers, who had already clinched the championship by a wide margin, fell 2-1 to arch-rival Celtic in an "Old Firm" match.
U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu, meanwhile, started and went the distance in both the victory over Dundee and loss to Celtic. On Sunday, he started and went 72 minutes in the draw with Motherwell.
In the German Bundesliga, Hannover 96 and its American defender Steve Cherundolo survived relegation worries and will return to the top flight next season.
A month ago, after Hannover lost to Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen by a combined 10-0 score, relegation seemed likely. But last week, Hannover scored a must-victory 6-1 over Borussia M÷nchengladbach, which employs U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley.
Hannover took an early lead and by halftime built it to 4-0. Cherundolo assisted on a goal in each half, while Bradley accomplished little.
The win lifted Hannover out of the bottom three, and left it two points ahead of both 1. FC NŘrnberg and VfL Bochum. This set up a season-ender against Bochum Saturday and Hannover came through 3-0.
Cherundolo's current contract is up but it is likely the currently longest serving player on Hannover will sign a new contract and will take over next season as Hannover captain.
American striker Sal Zizzo, recovering from a knee injury, did not dress for Hannover in any of the recent matches.
After its poor outing against Hannover, Borussia M÷nchengladbach bounced back with a 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen Saturday. Bradley played the full 90 minutes.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark, reportedly has signed a new three-year contract extension with Eintracht Frankfurt. He currently has been on a six-month, temporary contract after leaving Major League Soccer. His transition to the Bundesliga was made more difficult by a calf injury that sidelined him for much of his time in Germany.
But in the season finale Saturday, he started his third match in a row, going 90 minutes in a 3-0 road loss at VfL Wolfsburg.
The prior weekend, he played 90 minutes in Eintracht's 2-1 los to TSG Hoffenheim. Before that, he finally made his first start for Eintract and went the full match in midfield in a 3-3 draw away at FSV Mainz 05.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American keeper Luis Robles was the backup for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in a 1-1 draw with FC Augsburg Sunday. A week earlier, he started and made two saves in a 2-2 draw with TuS Koblenz.
American keeper David Yeldell remains injured for Koblenz.
American forward Matt Taylor also has not been available for FSV Frankfurt, recovering from an ankle injury.
With U.S. striker Charlie Davies not medically by Sochaux, his club defeated Stade Rennes 2-1 Sunday.
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra was on defense for Rennes.
Bocanegra has been playing irregularly the last few weeks, suffering from the effects of a pulled stomach muscle. He went the distance against Sochaux and, a week earlier, put in a strong defensive effort in a hard-earned 1-1 draw with host Paris St. Germain at Parc des Princes Stadium.
This past weekend, Bocanegra sat out Rennes' 2-2 tie with Nice
Rennes is playing out the season with little at stake. It had hopes of European competition next season, but with two draws and loss in the last three matches, it will finish mid-table.
In Italy, Oguchi Onyewu is back in training but has not dressed for any AC Milan's matches including this weekend's 1-0 loss at Genoa or the previous 1-0 decision over Fiorentina.
In Denmark, AGF Aarhus' continued to stave off relegation as the Danish season comes down to its final match. Head coach Erik Rassmussen benched Benny Feilhaber and left him there Saturday as Aarhus defeated FC NordsjŠlland 1-0.
American defender Michael Parkhurst played for NordsjŠlland and received a yellow card.
Aarhus finds itself two points adrift in the relegation zone after losing 2-1 last Thursday evening to S°nderjyskE, another relegation-threatened team. Feilhaber went 79 minutes, but was ineffective, as he was previously when he played 71 minutes in 4-1 triumph over Silkeborg IF a week earlier.
With S°nderjyskE also winning on Saturday, Aarhus must win its final match and hope for help to avoid the drop.
A week before, Parkhurst played 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw vs. Randers FC.
American forwards Marcus Tracy, recovering from a knee injury, and Chris Rolfe, suffering from a hamstring ailment, have not dressed for Aalborg BK's last two matches, a 2-0 loss to Brondby or a 3-2 victory over FC Midtjylland.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya sat out a yellow-card suspension and did not play in Orebro BK's 2-0 win over Hacken last week. But, he came back strong, getting an assist in a 2-1 loss at Helsingborg. The, he went the distance in a 1-0 win over Djurgardens.
American defender Ryan Miller played 90 minutes in Halmstads BK's 2-1 loss Sunday to BK Hacken. He went the distance in a 1-0 loss to Brommapojkarna a week earlier.
American midfielder Michael Thomas played the final 16 minutes in the victory over Brommapojkarna and was dressed, but did not play against Hacken.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 2-1 triumph over Brann Sunday. He also went the distance in a 0-0 draw at Haugesund the previous Sunday.
Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman went the distance for IK Start, which fell 1-0 to Troms° Sunday> This followed a 2-0 loss at Aalesunds the previous Monday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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