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Howard starts again and Manchester United draws 1-1 with Chelsea.

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Americans Abroad

Beasley is the target of the English, Dutch.

Brian Waltrip
Brian Waltrip came off the bench to help FK Mandalskameratene advance in the Norwegian Cup.
-- FK Mandalskameratene web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Tuesday, June 15, 2004) -- Netherlands power PSV Eindhoven has targeted DaMarcus Beasley, a star midfielder for the United States men, as a player it would like to acquire while Southampton of England's Premier League has fallen short of getting him from Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.

PSV listed Beasley, whose MLS contract runs through the 2005 season, according to general manager Peter Wilt, is listed on the Eindhoven web site among numerous players it would possibly like to pick up via transfer.

Wilt deemed the Southampton offer to be insufficient for Beasley, who scored two goals Sunday as the U.S. men opened World Cup qualifying with a 3-0 victory over Grenada.

"It is very regrettable because he would be a big success in English football," Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe told the club's official web site. "We made a very substantial offer, but we are not prepared to go any higher. It is sad because he could have made a great impact."


American striker Brian Waltrip came off the bench in the 61st minute to help FK Mandalskameratene of the second flight defeat the first-division Tippelaegen's Sogndal 2-1 Wednesday in the Norwegian Cup, thanks to a late goal by Roger Rasmussen. Waltrip came close to scoring, watching his sharp volley carom off a goalpost.

American defender Robbie Russell went the distance for Sogndal.

American midfielder Brian West's Fredrikstad, currently in the Tippelaegen basement, was eliminated from the Cup by second-level Moss, losing 5-3 on penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 in regulation. West played the whole game, assisting on the FFK goal with a nice back-heel in the box. He converted his penalty in the shootout.


In Sweden, Bodens BK defeated IK Brage 3-1. American midfielder Leighton O'Brien started and went 80 minutes before coming out in favor of a defender with BBK leading 3-0. He assisted on Peter Gitselov's goal in the 43rd minute which opened the scoring. American back Brian Dunseth went 90 minutes in an outstanding BBK defensive effort which did not concede a goal until stoppage time.

In a reserve match, BBK's Bodens2 defeated Jokkmokk 3-1. American defender Steve Shak played 90 minutes in front of a crowd estimated by the club at 20-30 persons.

American defender Wade Barrett might be heading from Denmark to Norway. According to a statement from AGF Aarhus, Barrett's current club, where his contract runs through next summer, he has been given permission to travel to Norway and try out for Frederikstad. Apparently, Barrett, who has had, at best, limited success at AGF, does not fit into new coach Sören Ċkeby's plans.

"Wade Barrett has asked us for this opportunity and we won't put any hindrances in his way in his attempt to get a new contract in a new club, a statement from AGF read. "The players in AGF should feel that the club also thinks about their interests."


In England, Reading's young goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown, who became the starter when American Marcus Hahnemann injured a knee late in the season, will apparently move up from the First Division to the Premier League and sign with Portsmouth. According to a statement by Reading, the teams have agreed to a transfer pending final negotiations of a price.

This should clear the way for Hahnemann to start again rather than face stiff competition from Ashdown who excelled in his brief stint in the starting 11.

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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