DaMarcus Beasley MUST be the Union’s next left back
The Union have not had a proper left back since the mid-point of the 2011 season when Jordan Harvey was traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps for allocation money. I would be willing to set that point as the beginning of where things went wrong in the Peter Nowak led Union universe, but that is a discussion for another day.
Since Harvey was shipped out for $x (where x is an unknown amount of money that only a select few are privileged to know) there have been, what can be best described as, temporary place holders.
Gabe Farfan did a great job, but was always a midfielder at heart and it is a shame the Union couldn’t work out a midfield that included both he and his brother on the wings.
Ray Gaddis is a spark plug of a player, and despite his best efforts it is clear that he belongs on the right side of defense. Beyond struggling when forced to use his left foot, he just looks out of place when it comes to positioning and the LA Galaxy made it more than clear they saw a weakness at left back and planned (and accomplished) to exploit it.
There was also an experiment with a traffic cone wearing an afro wig, but that was short lived as well.
Isn’t it about time that the issue of left back is finally sorted out?
If you watched the US Men’s National Team game last night the answer was right in front of you. DaMarcus Beasley has reinvented himself into an international left back and has been offered to anyone willing to take him by his club side Puebla.
The speedy former winger has taken the chance offered by a Fabian Johnson injury and a Carlos Bocanegra lack of club playing time and has done nothing short of locking his name into Jurgen Klinsmann’s first choice squad. There was once a question if he would get the chance to earn his 100th cap, but now there is no reason why he won’t see the field in every meaningful game from here to Brazil next summer.
So how does that fit with what the Union is looking for?
- He is available – it is not like the Union will be trying to pry him from a club that is intent on keeping him, meaning a lower transfer cost.
- We have something Toronto wants – Toronto is top of the Allocation Order right now, and I am assuming I understand that Beasley would need to go through the Allocation Draft as a current USMNT first teamer (who really understands these rules?). It seems Ryan Nelson’s plan is to continue to bolster their lineup with overseas players. To do that they will need international roster spots. The Union don’t seem very keen on using them, so they would be the perfect trade piece with Toronto. The Union’s 5th spot in the order would also go to Toronto which keeps them in contention for any former MLSer or USMNT player in the future.
- He fits what Hackworth wants from an outside back – Sure he’s not <21 years old, but he fits all the other boxes of a traditional Hack player. He’s American. He’s fast. He likes to attack from the back. He’s a hard worker.
Could you imagine a Union attack that had Sheanon Williams attacking down the right flank and DaMarcus Beasley down the left? The speed alone would be enough to scare most MLS defenses, but Beasley is much more than speed. His vision to make a run through the center of the Panama defense, receive the ball at speed, and get off a shot that beat the keeper (although it clanged off the post) last night was better attacking play from a left back than any MLS team has seen this season.
The only thing that tells me this deal would never happen is that it makes sense. Logic has never been a center piece to player movement in and out of the Union under either of the managers in franchise history. From the Harvey trade, to the trading or releasing of both left backs (Richards and Garfan) in the first half of the 2013 season, to the handling of exits such as Soumare or Adu the Union have done more tripping over their feet than getting deals right. This is a chance for the Union to not only fill a void in the roster, but make a statement that the front office has ever intention of bringing in talented players to build a winning team and not just to cut corners to save a buck.
Now all we can do is wait and watch to see what happens in the DaMarcus Beasley transfer situation. It is obvious he will be on the move from Puebla, but there is unlikely to be a deal until after the current FIFA international break. It sure would be nice heading into the second half of the MLS season with an actual left back on the roster for the first time in two years.
We can dream can’t we?