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Beasley Becomes Second American To Reach Champions League Semifinals


U.S. international midfielder DaMarcus Beasley becomes the second U.S. player in history to reach the Champions League semifinals as PSV Eindhoven slid past Olympique Lyonnais in penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. 

"I'm very excited," Beasley told ussoccer.com. "It's great that in my first year in Europe we have accomplished this goal. It's a big step for my career. We have a great team at PSV, and I'm glad we can come through this together."

The teams has battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg the week before, and finished with the same result tonight before PSV advanced with a 4-2 scoreline in the penalty phase.

"I never thought this would happen in a million years," said Beasley on his Champions League experience thus far. "My two biggest dreams as a kid were to play in the World Cup and in the Champions League, and I've been able to fulfill them both. I can't wait to play in the San Siro against AC Milan."

Jovan Kirovski  is the only other American to advance to the semifinal stage of the tournament, his Borussia Dortmund side having captured the Champions League title in 1997.  Kirovski was a reserve for the first leg of the semifinals, but did not appear. 

PSV will face AC Milan in the two-leg semifinal beginning April 27 at the San Siro in Milan, with the return leg set for May 4 in Eindhoven.


 


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