Houston Dynamo's DaMarcus Beasley recalls fond memories of Manchester City spell ahead of reunion

The 33-year-old MLS star is set to face his former club in Thursday night's friendly match.

The Houston Dynamo host the touring Manchester City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Thursday night, in a friendly clash which holds particular significance for DaMarcus Beasley.

The Dynamo left-back, 33, spent the 2006-07 season on loan at City under then-manager Stuart Pearce, scoring three times in 22 total appearances before returning to Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven.

Though his time at the Etihad Stadium was short-lived, the former US international has some fond memories of his time in Manchester, with the particular highlight being a late goal to secure a 1-0 Premier League win over West Ham United.

Speaking to houstondynamo.com, Beasley said: “That was an unbelievable feeling, a goal I’ll never forget. It was a great time. Big stadium, great fanbase, it was a no-brainer for me and one of my dreams was always to play in the Premiership. To be able to do that with Man City was great."

The Blues' rivalry with Manchester United is also something which Beasley, who has converted from the wing to defence since his Premier League spell, was quick to rave about.

“Man City back then wasn’t as known I guess you could say as it is now with all the stars and all the money that’s gone into the club,” he added. “But any time there was a rivalry, a derby day, you’d always get that sense of heightened excitement.”

City finished in 14th-place in the Premier League in Beasley’s lone season with the club, before the four-time World Cup veteran would go on to secure a move north of the border with Scottish giants Rangers.

Whether he will be in the starting XI to face his former club remains unclear, however, with Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle, who matched up against the visitors while managing Burnley and Bolton Wanderers back in England, needing to take Saturday’s MLS clash with New York City FC in mind.

“For Houston Dynamo to be able to attract the quality of Manchester City is a tremendous coup,” the Scottish-born boss said. “Obviously it’s a Thursday night and we have a big, big game on Saturday so it’s getting the balance with that.

“There’s no doubt that we’ll utilize the full roster because there’s a number of boys that need games as well, some of the boys that have been on the periphery.”

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