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Friday, June 19, 2009
Beasley apologizes to teammates for his mistake

PRETORIA, South Africa -- DaMarcus Beasley apologized to his U.S. teammates for a mix-up that led to the second goal in a 3-0 Confederations Cup loss to Brazil.

The Americans already were trailing Thursday when Beasley failed to read a short corner kick from fellow midfielder Landon Donovan.

Unfortunately for Beasley, the ball was swept up the other end of the field and within seconds was nestled in the back of the net. Robinho's deftly placed finish put Brazil ahead 2-0 after just 20 minutes.

"The ball just went off my foot, that was it," Beasley said Friday. "I don't think I've ever had a mistake like that lead to a goal in my whole career, so I was pretty disappointed with myself.

"When you lose a ball like that, it doesn't matter, you're on the field and you have a team that can put two or three passes together and go through on your goal. But it's football and it happens. I apologized to my teammates that I'd make a mistake."

With South African fans blowing on their noisy vuvuzela trumpets at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Beasley said he didn't hear a call from Donovan to expect the kick.

The ball ran to Andre Santos to clear and, with Beasley slapping the ground in frustration, 2007 FIFA player of the year Kaka helped the ball to Ramires.

Ramires drifted out to the right and rolled a pass across the edge of the penalty area to the onrushing Robinho, who celebrated the breathtaking move by faking an interview into a microphone at the advertising board to the right of the goal.

"At first I didn't think Landon was going to play the ball," Beasley said. "I thought he kind of hesitated, so as soon as he played it, I was still looking back to see if someone was coming and the ball was right there. It went on my foot. That's all I can say. It happened and I felt terrible for it."

Beasley wasn't the only one offering apologies to his teammates. Sacha Kljestan was sorry for his 57th-minute foul on Ramires that earned a red card.

"I've been around a long time and I think they know me and what I bring to the team in my play on my part," Beasley said. "It happens in football. It happened to me and I'm sure it won't be the last time it happens to anyone."




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