Think you know your soccer trivia? We’ll be the judge of that. Pop quiz: who the heck is Jack Marshall? Even the trivia buffs in the U.S. Soccer Communications Department would be hard-pressed to tell you that one Jack Marshall received his one and only cap way back in 1926. Okay, that was pretty much impossible. They get easier.
He may have jettisoned the "Jitterbug" and "Run DMB" in favor of "McDonald's" now that he makes his home in Eindhoven, but DaMarcus Beasley is at it again leading his team into a major tournament. The 2002 FIFA World Cup star for the U.S. has established himself with Dutch side PSV that has made a remarkable run into the UEFA Champions League semifinals (where they fell 2-0 in the first leg at AC Milan last week). As PSV prepares for the nearly impossible at home this week, prepare yourself for the stretch run of UCL with this bit of trivia.
1. Which U.S. National Team regular was named "Man of the Match" after scoring the game-winner for his club in a 2-1 victory against AS Parma on Aug. 10, 1999 in an important Champions League qualifier?
2. Although they did not dress, two Americans have been on teams that advanced to the Champions League final. Who are they?
3. Nine Americans have taken the field in Champions League play. You guessed it ... name them.
4. Beasley is the latest American to make a splash in Champions League, scoring four goals for PSV Einhoven in the 2005 campaign. See if you can name three of the four teams that he scored against. (Hint: one of these teams had an American on their roster.)
1. Claudio Reyna
2. Jovan Kirovski, Frankie Hejduk
3. DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Frankie Hejduk ,Tim Howard, Jovan Kirovski, John O'Brien, Claudio Reyna, Robbie Russell, Tony Sanneh
4. Crvena Zvezda (Yugoslavia), Rosenborg (Norway), Panathinaikos (Greece), AS Monaco (France)